The first day of free agency was relatively quiet for the Washington Capitals organization, with only a pair of player moves affecting the teams. Late last night, it was reported that the Hershey Bears’ back up goaltender Jason “Cash” Bacashihua signed with the Colorado Avalanche. In response to losing Bacashuihua yesterday, the Washington signed goalie Dany Sabourin, 29, to a one-year $525,000 contract.
Cash was a true unsung hero for the Bears during his year stint with the team. He never got the minutes he thought he would, and quickly fell in the ranks behind Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth. When called on, he deftly defended the crease- winning 17 of his 22 starts (with a .911 Sv %). Most importantly, despite a reduced role within the club he tirelessly supported the younger players constantly offering them his advice. Cash will most likely see more minutes with the Avs’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, where he started 58 games from 2007 through 2009.
Dany Sabourin, drafted by the Calgary in the 4th round of the 1998 entry draft, is a NHL journey-man, having spent time with the Flames, Penguins, Oilers, Canucks, and Bruins. He spent last season with the Providence Bruins, winning 28 of 56 starts and posting a .915 Sv % and 2.67 GAA. Although quickly falling in ranks to Tuukka Rask, Sabourin will bring experience to a maturing Bears club from his 57 NHL games, most of which came backing up Marc-Andre Fleury during the 2008-10 seasons with the Pens. Of course, there’s always the thought that maybe GMGM signed him for his experience in a Winter Classic.