Capitals sign Peters to two-year deal

Capitals sign Peters to two-year deal
July 1, 2014, 1:00 pm
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The Capitals began their free-agent shopping by going after a backup goalie that has tortured them throughout his NHL career.

Justin Peters, who in seven career starts against the Caps went 4-3-0 with a 1.57 GAA and .938 save percentage with two shutouts, agreed to a two-year, $1.9 million contract with the Capitals shortly after Tuesday’s noon start to free agency.

Peters, 27, has played parts of five seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes but was unable to unseat Cam Ward as the No. 1 goalie.

In 21 games in Carolina, Peters went 7-9-4 with a 2.50 GAA and .919 save percentage and one shutout.

Listed at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Peters is very athletic and adept at handling the puck around his net, but has battled with inconsistency during his NHL career with a tendency to allow rebounds.

Peters made $550,000 last season with the Hurricanes. He is expected to earn $950,000 in each of his two seasons with the Caps and will be expected to push Braden Holtby for playing time.

Peters’ signing leaves the Caps with about $11.7 million in cap space with which to address their other needs, which begins with landing a top-four defenseman.

They have been linked to both Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, each of whom played under new Caps assistant coach Todd Reirden.

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