17:46: Washington Capitals has entered into the agreement officialbringing Strome to the U.S. capital on a $ 3.5 million one-year deal.
16:35: According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte FriedmanWashington Capitals is expected to sign top unqualified RFAs Dylan Strome to a one-year contract worth $ 3.5 million.
For Washington, this is an important signature to give them a legitimate second-line center in the absence of Nicklas Backstrøm. While the team is more optimistic, Backstrom will be able to return during the season after a serious hip operation that could threaten his career, Strome is a strong option with top-six experience to replace him.
Despite the Chicago Blackhawks not qualifying (and some confusing scratches in the early season of former head coach Jeremy Colliton), the 25-year-old had a strong year on a weak Chicago team with career-high 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 69 games. With the chance to play with names like Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson, Anthony Mantha, TJ Oshie, Connor Brownand others, Strome was finally able to hit the offensive potential he had when he was drafted as the third overall in 2015.
It’s a strong signing for Washington, who have had a quiet good offseason by adding defensive depth and signing veteran netminder Darcy Kuemper.