In the opening minutes of free agency, the Caps bolstered their bottom-six forward depth by signing free agent Nic Dowd.

The 28-year-old right-shot center/wing inked a one-year deal for a league-minimum $650,000.

Dowd, who was drafted in the seventh round by Los Angeles in 2009, played 16 games for the Kings last season before being dealt in December to the Canucks in exchange for prospect Jordan Subban.

In Vancouver, Dowd appeared in 40 games, registering three goals and no assists while skating an average of 11:34. He also won 50.9-percent of his faceoffs.

With Jay Beagle and Alex Chiasson expected to depart via free agency, Dowd will compete for playing time, likely on the fourth line for the defending champs.