Washington Capitals re-sign defenseman Tom Poti

New contract makes Poti dance!

The Washington Capitals announced defenseman Tom Poti inked a two-year extension today, reported to be worth $3 million over the 2011-12 season and $2.75 in 2012-13. He will play the upcoming season, his fourth as a Capital, on his current deal at $3.5 million.

Poti dressed for 70 regular season games in the 2009-10 season, notching 24 points (4G-20A) and a career-high +26 rating along the way. TP3 led the Caps when playing a man down, averaging 3:36 shorthanded TOI/G en route to an overall average of 21:24 TOI/G – good for third overall on the squad. Poti also finished his 2009-10 campaign being second on the team with 121 blocked shots (to Jeff Schultz), second among team defensemen with 35 takeaways (to Mike Green), and first among team defensemen in awesome shirts.

Although not the powerhouse off-season defensive signing many fans clamored for, I feel re-signing Poti was a good move by General Manager George McPhee. At 33, he is the eldest of the Caps blue-liners and will be able to provide veteran leadership to expected rookies Karl Alzner and John Carlson. While his penalty-killing may leave something to be desired, he plays strong everyday even-strength hockey- and I have to respect someone that will take a pay cut to remain with a team to win “not just one Cup, but hopefully more than one.” Even if the timing of his deal leaves me to scratch my head (before even taking the ice for preseason play, or seeing how Carlzner performs in their first season in the NHL), we can only assume that this is all part of GMGM’s moving pieces to better the organization down the road.