The Washington Capitals have re-signed veteran defenseman Tom Poti to a 2-year extension, the team announced today. Poti still has one year remaining on his current contract at $3 million, but General Manager George McPhee felt that Poti has been a key member of the team’s defensive corps since arriving in 2007.
“Tom has played very well for the Washington Capitals and has been a key part of our success since he joined the team,” McPhee said in a statement. “We are pleased that he has made the commitment to remain a Capital.”
According to The Washington Post, the deal is worth a total of $5.75 million; Poti will earn $3 million next season and $2.75 million the following year.
Last season, Poti, 33, recorded 24 points – 4 goals, 20 assists – with a +26 +/- rating, a new career high and good for fifth in the NHL. In the first-round playoff matchup with the Montreal Canadiens, Poti recorded four assists in six games.
By re-signing Poti, the Capitals now have four defensemen – Mike Green, Tyler Sloan, John Carlson, and Poti – locked up until the end of next season, and have Jeff Schultz signed until 2014. Only Karl Alzner and John Erskine have expiring contracts after this season, and Alzner is a restricted free agent. That core and that continuity is part of the reason Poti wanted to stay in Washington.
“I’m excited about the core group we have here and I think we have the ability to win the Stanley Cup,” he said. “Not just this year but years to come. It’s a situation where me and my wife love it here, and I’m excited to be here for a couple more years.”