The Capitals made their first signing of the offseason today. OK, so he’s not Braden Holtby, Joel Ward or Mike Green, but right wing Garrett Mitchell agreed to a two-year, two-way contract on Tuesday, keeping him in the Caps’ organization.
Taken by the Caps in the sixth round [175th overall] of the 2009 NHL draft, Mitchell, 23, recorded four goals and four assists, along with 121 penalty minutes in 64 games with the Hershey Bears this season.
A 5-foot-11, 183-pounder from Regina, Saskatchewan, Mitchell ranked tied for fourth on the Bears in penalty minutes and served as an alternate captain in each of the last two seasons. In 224 career games with the Bears Mitchell has 25 goals and 30 assists with 349 penalty minutes.
Mitchell and Caps coach Barry Trotz have something in common. Both played for the Regina Pats of the Western League. In parts of five seasons with the Pats Mitchell recorded 51 goals, 61 assists and 465 penalty minutes in 264 games from 2006-11 and served as the team’s captain during the 2010-11 season.
With 13 restricted free agents and 14 unrestricted free agents, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has plenty of work ahead of him as he decides which players to keep and which to set free.
Here is a list of the Caps’ restricted and unrestricted free agents. Who would you re-sign?
Goaltenders: Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer, Brandon Anderson, Edward Pasquale
Forwards: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Marcus Johansson, Stanislav Galiev, Chris Brown
Defensemen: Nate Schmidt, Cameron Schilling, Patrick Wey, Steve Oleksy, Tomas Kundratek
Forwards: Joel Ward, Eric Fehr, Jay Beagle, Curtis Glencross, Aaron Volpatti, Tim Kennedy, Casey Wellman, Kris Newbury, Chris Conner
Defensemen: Mike Green, Tim Gleason, John Erskine, Jon Landry, Mike Moore