Former Calgary Flames right wing Alex Chiasson will join the Capitals for training camp on a professional tryout agreement, the team announced Saturday. Chiasson now becomes the second player on a PTO for Washington, the first being defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka who was added on Tuesday.
Chiasson, who will turn 27 in October, played for the Calgary Flames last season after the team acquired him in a trade from the Ottawa Senators in June 2016. Chiasson scored 12 goals and 24 points in 81 games for the Flames, but the team elected not to extend him a qualifying offer thus making him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Washington could potentially become the fourth different team for Chiasson in his career. A second-round draft pick for the Dallas Stars in 2009, Chiasson played 86 games for Dallas in two seasons, but was traded to Ottawa in July 2014 as part of the package that landed the Stars Jason Spezza.
The competition for right wing at camp was already a crowded one for the Capitals. The only two players we know will be on the roster are T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson. The hope is that Jakub Vrana will be able to take a spot on the second or third line, but the fourth line spot is up for grabs with players like Nathan Walker, Devante Smith-Pelly, Riley Barber and Chandler Stephenson among others all competing for that spot.
Now, you can add Chiasson to that list. It is is going to be a fascinating training camp.
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