Capitals extend defenseman Nate Schmidt

Capitals extend defenseman Nate Schmidt
July 14, 2014, 8:30 am
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(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Capitals locked up another defenseman for one year on Sunday when they signed 22-year-old blue liner Nate Schmidt to a two-way contract that pays him $625,000 if he plays a full season in the NHL and $110,000 if he plays a full season in the AHL.

Schmidt played in 29 games with the Capitals last season, recording two goals, four assists, six penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating.

A 6-foot, 198-pound native of St. Cloud, Minn., Schmidt also appeared in 38 games with the AHL Hershey Bears last season, recording two 2 goals, 11 assists and 12 penalty minutes.

When he first signed with the Caps as a free agent out of the University of Minnesota, Schmidt carried an NHL salary of $925,000 and an AHL salary of $70,000.

With the new arrivals of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, Schmidt is likely to start the 2014-15 season in Hershey.

With Schmidt’s signing the Caps now have just one unsigned restricted free agent, defenseman Cam Schilling. The 25-year-old defenseman completed a two-year contract that carried a $925,000 NHL cap hit and a $70,000 AHL salary.

Schilling has played in one NHL game for the Caps in each of the past two seasons [no points], while playing in 70 games for the Bears in each of the past two years, totaling 10 goals and 32 points.  

Prior to turning pro, Schmidt spent the 2012-13 season with Minnesota, registering nine goals and 23 assists in 40 games. He was named to the All-WCHA First Team after leading the league in scoring by a defenseman.

In 96 career games at Minnesota, Schmidt had 12 goals and 62 assists and was a two-time All-WCHA defenseman.

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