ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center Brad Malone to a one-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Malone, 27, registered six points (two goals, four assists) and 75 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. The 6’2”, 207-pound center established a career-high and led the Hurricanes with 75 penalty minutes in 2015-16 and ranked second on the team in hits (124). Malone established career highs in goals (7), assists (8), points (15) and games played (65) in 2014-15 and led the Hurricanes in penalty minutes (74) and hits (162). In addition, he was named the winner of the Josef Vasicek Award for cooperation with the local media by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA). Malone scored a goal and had an assist on Feb. 28, 2015 at NY Islanders for his first NHL multi-point game and had two assists on March 26, 2015 against Pittsburgh, marking his first NHL multi-assist game and his second NHL multi-point game. The Miramichi, New Brunswick, native has earned 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) and 188 penalty minutes in 176 career NHL games played with Colorado and Carolina. Malone was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fourth round, 105th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Malone has registered 75 points (29 goals, 46 assists) and 263 penalty minutes in 165 career AHL games with the Lake Erie Monsters. He finished tied for second among Monsters skaters in scoring with 36 points in 2011-12 and was second on the club in assists and ranked fifth in penalty minutes (89). In addition, he led Lake Erie and ranked second among league rookies with six game-winning goals. Malone earned 85 points (33 goals, 52 assists) and 329 penalty minutes in 161 career games with the University of North Dakota (NCAA) and was teammates with Taylor Chorney and T.J. Oshie during the 2007-08 season. Malone helped the University of North Dakota to the WCHA regular-season championship, the WCHA playoff title and a berth in the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four during his senior campaign and was named to the 2010-11 WCHA All-Academic Team.