The Capitals announced early Thursday that they re-signed forward Garrett Pilon to a two-year, $1.5 million contract, then followed up with a deal to keep defenseman Bobby Nardella and forward Michael Sgarbossa for two years.
The first year of Pilon’s deal will be a two-way contract (worth up to $750,000) while the second year will be a one-way contract worth the same amount. Both contracts for Pilon and Nardella are the same. Sgarbossa's contract is a two-way deal worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $425,000 and $500,000 at the AHL level over the next two seasons.
Pilon, 23, played for the Hershey Bears last season and scored four goals with 16 points in 14 games. He made his NHL debut in the Capitals’ last game of the regular season against the Flyers.
In the previous two seasons for the Bears, he’d scored 36 and 33 points and has recorded 85 career points in 146 AHL games.
Before the Capitals, he played in the WHL where he spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Kamloops Blazers before ending his junior career with the Everett Silvertips.
Pilon was the 87th overall pick of the Capitals in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Depending on how the Capitals’ offseason goes and how general manager Brian MacLellan fits the team under the cap, Pilon could have the chance to see legitimate NHL action in 2021 and beyond.
Nardella, 25, played the 2020-21 season with Djurgardens IF in the Swedish Hockey League and had 33 points (seven goals) in 47 games.
The left-handed defenseman played 41 games for the Bears in 2019-20 and had 31 points in 41 games. He was signed as a college free agent in 2019. Nardella isn't a big body at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, but has certainly shown a propensity for offense in his time since joining Notre Dame at the NCAA level.
Sgarbossa, 28, played in five games for the Capitals in the 2020-21 season and had two assists. He tallied 10 points in 14 games for the Bears this season as well.
In 55 NHL games with the Capitals, Ducks, Panthers and Avalanche, he has tallied 12 points (two goals).