The Caps re-signed the organization's final restricted free agent on Friday afternoon, inking rugged left wing Liam O'Brien to a one-year extension.
The contract is a two-way deal that will pay O'Brien $650,000 in Washington and $85,000 in AHL Hershey. Last season, his salaries were $630,000/$70,000.
The 22-year-old appeared in one game for the Caps in 2016-17, skating 6:08 in a 4-1 win in Montreal on Jan. 9.
O'Brien had a career-year with the Bears, accumulating personal highs in goals (10) and assists (20) to go along with 117 penalty minutes, the third highest total on the team.
His call-up in January was a reward from the organization for his play in the minors. Through the Bears' first 28 games, he had already totaled 18 points--two more than he produced the previous season.
"He deserved to come up," Caps Coach Barry Trotz told The Washington Post shortly after O'Brien's promotion. "He's been playing very well for probably the last eight weeks, and he has been a difference maker. You try to reward someone who's done very, very well, so it's just on merit."
The stint was O'Brien's second in the NHL. He spent 13 games with the Caps during the 2014-15 season, racking up a goal and an assist.