Bradley Back in the Fold

Even as the Stanley Cup finals continue, the Caps’ roster for the 2008-09 season is beginning to take shape. Right wing Matt Bradley inked a three-year deal to remain in Washington today. He would have been an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Bradley just completed his seventh NHL season and his third with the Capitals. he finished the season with seven goals, 11 assists, a plus-1 and 74 PIM in 77 games while averaging 9:59 in ice time per game. The Caps won 15 of their last 19 games to earn the Southeast Division title, and Bradley was one of several unsung players during that stretch.

He totaled four goals, three assists and was plus-4 with 21 PIM (including three fighting majors) during those final 19 games. A healthy scratch five times during the season’s first 21 games, Bradley quickly became a fixture after Bruce Boudreau took over behind the bench on Nov. 22. The (almost) 30-year-old native of Stittsville, Ont. is a tireless forechecker with speed and grit who can always be counted on to stand up for his teammates.

When the 2004-05 lockout finally ended, the Caps had only a handful of players remaining from their 2003-04 roster. Bradley was one of several veteran players Washington brought in to help instill a hard-working culture. Just over three years later, he and Chris Clark are the only remaining players in Washington from that group. That tells you all you need to know about his contributions on and off the ice here in the District.

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10 Comments on “Bradley Back in the Fold”

  1. Mike L Says:

    This is good news. Brads is a player’s player in that when he is out there, you can see he leaves everything on the ice. He gets more out of his talent than most players due to his hard work and dedication. He’s a good guy off the ice too (such as going out on his own time to get Recycle bins for Kettler when there weren’t any there…)

    You can see him every game at the end, no matter how much he’s played, that he gives his all on every shift.

    Oh yeah, and there’s that “I’m gonna go win the game, coach” thing too. That was priceless.

  2. Old Bob Says:

    Other than proclaiming Clark and Bradley are major leaguers, the turnover rate really tells us more about the ones who are gone.

  3. Turk in Alaska Says:

    Fantastic… good for Brads, he’s earned it!

  4. Disgruntled Hockey Fan Says:

    This is great news. I was really hoping to get him inked in before July. Now when do we get news on Huet and Greener?

  5. Shaggy Says:

    Bradley rules. That is all.

  6. jason Says:

    so happy, truly an unsung hero down the stretch, and one of our best players overall in the playoffs.

  7. fauxrumors Says:

    1) Good guy in the room and all, but thi is not a huge deal. The third year is a head scratcher. Why? Its not like 10 teams were gonna offer him like deals in July. Nice cash for the production/a 4th liner.
    2) The real dealss are getting Huet/Green signed. Especialy Huet. Without him the resurgence may stall!

  8. Patrick Loewen Says:

    One month left to get the forementioned signed, no pressure!! go GM! sign ’em, and start shopping!!

  9. Tom in FL Says:

    I think Bradley is a very good deal at $1M/year. We have discussed before that the average of $56M cap figure with 23 players normally on the roster is like $2.5M per player. For each “Bradley” at $1M, you get to have a “Green” at $4M. To make it all fit, you can’t pay your 4th line guys more than Brashear ($1.3M), Bradley or, say, Steckel ($500K). My opinion is a guy like Bradley on the 4th line at $1M is precisely the type of player you’d want at the salary you’d want if you were aiming for the Cup. He isn’t as important as Ovechkin but then again you can’t run a car with one spark plug missing (it won’t run properly). Ovechkin may be the pistons but Brads is definitely 4 of the 8 spark plugs. Very good move. Now get Huet (he’s the brakes, and your car must have brakes). My guess is three years/$16M.

  10. Mollie Says:

    Great!!! Bradley is one of my favorite players, I’m happy to see him in Washington for a few more years! Now lets get on with signing Green and Huet! Only a month to go! Come on George lets get on it!!

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