Erskine Signing Leaves Two Unsigned

The Caps came to terms with restricted free agent defenseman John Erskine today, signing him to a two-year deal. Erskine, who signed a contract as an unrestricted free agent with Washington last season on the eve of training camp, played 29 games with the Capitals in 2006-07. He registered a goal, seven points (a career high) and 69 penalty minutes but was also a minus-13.

A 27-year-old native of Kingston, Ont., Erskine is an old school defenseman who hits first and asks questions later, if at all. He will be part of a spirited battle for playing time and roster spots at Washington’s training camp this season. His willingness to play physical hockey sets him apart from many of the other defensemen on the Capitals’ roster, and that could help him carve out a spot for himself.

The signing of Erskine leaves only forwards Tomas Fleischmann and Jakub Klepis among the unsigned.

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7 Comments on “Erskine Signing Leaves Two Unsigned”

  1. stepguybrian Says:

    I wonder if it is a one-way or two-way contract?

  2. Mark Says:

    Hey Mike – Any word on Fleischman? I am really hoping he can compete for the RW slot on the first line, and have Clark play with Gordon and Petty on the 3rd line…

  3. dumpnchase Says:

    It’s a one-way deal.

    No word on Flash or Klepis yet. They can’t be far apart money-wise, because there just isn’t much monetary real estate to cover there. Gotta come down to the one-way/two-way issue.

  4. Funkyglovefacewash Says:

    Cool. We were a better team last year with him playing for us. In particular, I thought Eminger played some of his best hockey while paired with Erskine. What I want to know is what’s up with Fehr? Is he going to be healthy in time for training camp?

  5. Mark Says:

    I thought that both Flash and Klepis had no more options, so if they were to be sent down, they’d have to clear waivers first – if that’s the case, what good would a 2 way contract be?

  6. dumpnchase Says:

    Don’t have any news on Fehr one way or another, but we’ll see for ourselves soon enough.

    Yes, they both have to clear waivers regardless. But that doesn’t change one way or another with a one-way or two-way contract. A one-way deal has the same salary regardless of where a player plays. A two-way contract pays the player one amount if he is in the NHL and another (much lower) amount if he is in the minors. It has no bearing whatsoever on his needing to clear waivers or not.

  7. Jay Says:

    Although the big sticking point with a one way or two way deal could, indirectly, have to do with clearing waivers. They both probably want one way deals because having to clear waivers means they might not get the call ups they would if they were waiver exempt (as depending on their play the Caps might not want to expose them to waivers). Therefore the players want one way deals so at least if they are stuck in Hershey they get paid the higher salary. Either way they pretty much need to make the club out of training camp to get significant time in DC (IMO).

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