The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Milan Jurcina to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jurcina, 26, appeared in a career-high 79 games for the Capitals in 2008-09 and led defensemen in games played. He had three goals and set career highs in assists (11) and points (14), and the team was 10-3-0 when he recorded a point. Jurcina was first on the club with 131 blocked shots and second with 157 hits. He added two goals in 14 playoff games and was third on the team at +6.
The Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, native was the Boston Bruins’ eighth-round choice, 241st overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Capitals from Boston in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft on Feb. 1, 2007. He has played in 275 NHL games – 184 of them with Washington – and has 14 goals and 32 assists in his career.
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