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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to CapFriendly.

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With regular season winding down, Caps recall a couple of prospects

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With regular season winding down, Caps recall a couple of prospects

Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey were recalled by the Caps on Tuesday to add some depth to the bottom end of the roster as the team wraps up its regular season.

Boyd, who has appeared in seven games for Washington this season, figures to join a group of forwards competing for roles on the third and/or fourth lines as the playoffs approach.

Boyd also gives Coach Barry Trotz another option at fourth line center. On Monday night in St. Louis, Stephenson filed in for Jay Beagle, who is day-to-day with an upper body ailment.

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Trotz said he likes the internal competition that’s brewing as he searches for the right mix.  

“Obviously, our core players know that they are going to be in [the lineup come playoffs],” Trotz told reporters at Scottrade Center. “But we’ve got a lot of new players. We’ve got a lot of guys that want to be part of the playoffs. They are pushing each other. They know if they get an opportunity to jump in the lineup, they just want to stay there.”

He added: “We’re getting some good looks at guys. The guys I keep putting in and taking out, they have responded every night, it seems. Young [Shane] Gersich is making a case for himself every time. We’ll probably run with him the next two games. He’s done a really good job.”

The Caps were off on Tuesday. Boyd and Bowey will join the team for practice on Wednesdaymorning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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It’s unclear if either prospect will suit up Thursdayvs. the Predators, but one or both could play if the team, which has already clinched the Metro Division title, opts to rest any of its veterans. The Caps out their 82-game slate at home against Nashville and New Jersey.

As for Bowey, he spent 51 games in Washington this season but was returned to the Bears following the additions of Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek near the trade deadline. In eight games with Hershey, Bowey thrived, recording a couple of goals and six assists. A right shot, he also gives the coaching staff another option on the right side.

It’s expected that both Boyd and Bowey will remain with the Caps until their season ends.

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Madison Bowey's contract is why he is headed to Hershey, not his play

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Madison Bowey's contract is why he is headed to Hershey, not his play

Madison Bowey has been re-assigned to the Hershey Bears, the Capitals announced Tuesday. Bowey has not played since Feb. 20 after Washington's blue line suddenly became rather crowded with the additions of Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek.

Bowey, 22, has played in 51 games this season after making his NHL debut on Oct. 26. He has tallied 12 assists, ranking eighth among rookie defensemen.

Washington has struggled to move the puck out of their own zone this season and having two rookie defensemen in the top-six was a harrowing prospect for the playoffs. To address that, the Capitals acquired Kempny and Jerabek.

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Since then, Bowey has been the odd-man out.

While the move from NHL to the AHL is easy to think of as a "demotion," Bowey's contract likely had more to do with his being sent to Hershey than his play.

With spots on the blue line open in training camp, Bowey established himself as one of the team's top six players. Yet, he began the season in Hershey. The reason why was because Bowey, unlike fellow rookie Christian Djoos, is waivers exempt. He was recalled after an injury to Matt Niskanen and has been with the Caps ever since except for some paper transactions to Hershey for cap reasons.

Bowey has had his share of mistakes this season, but overall has played well for a rookie. The team's confidence in him was reflected with the waiving of Taylor Chorney after trading for Kempny. Rather than send Bowey to Hershey, risk-free, the Capitals opted to place Chorney on waivers where he was claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Losing Chorney brought the number of defensemen on the roster down to seven. Now with eight again after the addition of Jerabek, it makes sense to send Bowey to Hershey where he can get playing time. That's not an option for Djoos who, again, would have to clear waivers.

It would not be a surprise to see Bowey back on the roster before the playoffs, especially given that Hershey seems unlikely to reach the postseason in the AHL.

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