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Capitals sign David Steckel, Tyler Sloan to contract extensions; demote Alzner

Wednesday, 01.06.2010 / 6:38 PM / News

The Canadian Press

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have signed David Steckel to a US$3.3-million, three-year contract extension and Tyler Sloan to a $1.4-million, two-year extension.

The Capitals also assigned defenceman Karl Alzner to AHL affiliate Hershey on Wednesday.

Steckel has two goals and three assists and leads the NHL with a 61.9 winning percentage on faceoffs this season. It's the forward's third full season with the Southeast Division-leading Capitals.

He had career highs with eight goals and 19 points last season.

Sloan has two goals and two assists in his second NHL season, getting playing time at both defenceman and forward.

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday