Baltimore Sun

Strome inks one-year deal

- Gene Wang, The Washington Post

The Washington Capitals remained active on the second day of NHL free agency by signing forward Dylan Strome to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million, the team announced Thursday.

Strome had 48 points, including a careerhigh 22 goals, with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. The 25-year-old also averaged a career-high 17 minutes 26 seconds of ice time. He played center last season with Chicago, mostly on a line with Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, but also can skate on the wing. Strome was drafted No. 3 overall in 2015 by the Arizona Coyotes.

Strome joined the Capitals after Chicago decided not to issue him a qualifying offer, making him an unrestrict­ed free agent. He could be the Capitals’ second-line center in place of Nicklas Backstrom, who is recovering from hip resurfacin­g surgery and is expected to miss the start of the season. Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan said the 34-year-old plans to play this season.

The addition of Strome pushes the Capitals about $6.3 million over the salary cap, per contract database capfriendl­y. com, but with Backstrom and right wing Tom Wilson (torn ACL) in line to start the season on long-term injured reserve, Washington has some wiggle room. The complicati­on would be how the Capitals get back under the cap when Backstrom and Wilson return to action.

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