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Capitals sign right wing Brian Willsie

Wednesday, 07.14.2010 / 4:07 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

Veteran forward Brian Willsie, who played parts of the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons with the Washington Capitals, signed a one-year contract with the team Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Willsie, a sixth-round pick by the Avalanche in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, returned to the Colorado organization in 2008 and played 46 games over the past two seasons. He predominantly played for Lake Erie of the AHL last season, registering 26 goals and 57 points in 75 games. He went scoreless in four games for the Avalanche.

Willsie played in all 82 games for the Capitals in 2005-06 and set career highs with 19 goals and 41 points. In 380 NHL games with the Avalanche, Kings and Capitals, he has 52 goals and 108 points.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday