The Capitals re-signed backup goalie Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5 million contract on Thursday.
With Grubauer back in the fold, the Caps have now re-signed all five of the restricted free agents who spent last season on Washington's roster (Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Andre Burakovsky and Brett Connolly have all re-upped in recent days, while prospect Liam O'Brien remains unsigned).
Grubauer counted $750,000 against the salary cap last season. According to CapFriendly.com, the 25-year-old still will be an RFA when his new deal expires.
The move gives the Caps 17 players under contract for next season with about $4 million of cap space to flesh out the roster.
Grubauer did not elect salary arbitration prior to Wednesday’s deadline because the sides were closing in on a deal. Grubauer also did not want the Caps to have the option of choosing a two-year term for the award, according to a source.
As Braden Holtby’s backup last season, the German netminder went 13-6-2 with a .926 save percentage and a 2.04 goals against average. Grubauer’s .684 quality start percentage, meantime, ranked third among goalies who made at least 20 appearances.
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