On Tuesday, the Capitals’ 23-man roster did not include forward Alex Chiasson.
On Thursday it will.
The Capitals signed the 27-year-old forward to a one-year, $660,000 one-way contract on Wednesday after a strong performance in training camp.
After scoring 12 goals and 24 points in 81 games for the Calgary Flames last season, Chiasson remained unsigned through the summer as an unrestricted free agent. He was brought in to Washington on a professional try out and certainly made the most of it.
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“He took advantage of a situation, worked diligently every day and was noticed in every game that he played and every scrimmage,” Barry Trotz said following practice on Tuesday.
Chiasson will step in at Tom Wilson’s spot as right wing on the third line to start the season while Wilson serves a four-game suspension. After that, it is unclear what exactly his role will be.
Trotz indicated that he would move Chiasson throughout the lineup as he did during training camp. While most players would prefer consistency, Chiasson likely owes his new contract in large part to the versatility he was able to show by performing well on various lines.
“I think I’ve played with every guy in the locker room that's here, the forwards,” Chiasson said.
“I had the chance to prove what I could do with some good players, with some power play, some penalty kill. They put me in a different situation where I was able to showcase what I was capable of doing depending on who I was playing with. I thought that was great for me.”
In order to keep the roster at the 23-player maximum, the Capitals placed forward Chandler Stephenson on waivers.
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