Report: Capitals re-sign Aucoin

Report: Capitals re-sign Aucoin
July 21, 2012, 1:50 pm
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The Capitals reportedly have re-signed center Keith Aucoin to a one-year contract worth 650,000 at the NHL level and 350,000 at the AHL level.

Aucoin's signing was first reported by RDS hockey reporter Renaud P. Lavoie.

Aucoin, 33, has spent most of his 12-year pro career in the AHL and was seeking a one-way contract with an NHL team.

It was our understanding that if he didnt get it, hed go to Europe to play, Capitals general manager George McPhee said earlier this month.

When Aucoin did not receive a one-way offer from another NHL team, he came back to the Capitals and worked out a new agreement. Last season, Aucoin made 525,000 at the NHL level and 300,000 at the AHL level.

Aucoin became a fixture on the Capitals fourth line down the stretch last season, playing in 22 of the Caps final 23 games and all 14 playoff games. He finished with three goals and eight assists in 27 regular season games and with two assists in the playoffs.

Aucoin was leading the AHL scoring race with 70 points in 43 games when the Caps recalled him. In all likelihood, Aucoin will serve a similar role next season as a depth forward who can split time between the AHL Bears and the Caps.

Of the Capitals unrestricted free agents, only Alexander Semin and Mike Knuble remain unsigned.