Capitals give Kundratek two-year extension

Capitals give Kundratek two-year extension
July 2, 2013, 3:30 pm
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A little more than three hours after the Capitals said farewell to defenseman Jeff Schultz by placing him on unconditional waivers, they announced they have resigned defenseman Tomas Kundratek to a two-year contract worth a reported $1.1 million.

Kundratek, 23, is expected to earn $550,000 in each of the next two seasons.

With Kundratek’s signing the Caps’ salary cap space dipped to about $8.5 million. They now have 19 players under contract, with restricted free agents Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson still unsigned. The Caps have retained the rights of Alzner and Johansson by giving them qualifying offers.

Kundratek registered seven points [one goal, six assists] in 25 games with the Capitals last season, despite missing eight games due to injury. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman led Hershey blueliners in goals [16] and points [31] while adding 15 assists.

Kundratek set AHL career highs in goals, assists and points despite playing in just 49 games in 2012-13, and was named to the AHL Eastern Conference All-Star squad for the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic.

Kundratek was acquired from the New York Rangers on Nov. 8, 2011 in exchange for Francois Bouchard, and made his NHL debut with Washington on Jan. 11, 2012 against Pittsburgh. Kundratek was originally drafted by the Rangers in the third round [90th overall] of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.