Turns out Keith Aucoin is headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs, not returning to the Capitals.
It was reported earlier today that Aucoin had agreed to a one-year, two-way contract worth 650,000 at the NHL level and 350,000 at the AHL level. He did, but with the Maple Leafs and not the Capitals, as previously reported by RDS televisions Renaud Lavoie.
Shortly after the reports that Aucoin re-signed with the Capitals, club spokesman Sergey Kocharov informed the media the reports were "not true."
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. The Caps were unwilling to give Aucoin an NHL-only contract.
It was our understanding that if he didnt get a one-way deal, hed go to Europe to play, Capitals general manager George McPhee said earlier this month.
Last season, Aucoin made 525,000 at the NHL level and 300,000 at the AHL level.
He 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.
Of the Capitals unrestricted free agents, only Alexander Semin and Mike Knuble remain unsigned.