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Capitals Sign Brian Pothier

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Capitals have signed free agent defenseman Brian Pothier to a four-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.


“Brian is a mobile, puck-moving defenseman who has performed well in the new NHL,” said McPhee. “We look forward to Brian playing an integral role in our continued growth over the next four years.”

Pothier (POH-thee-uhr), 29, spent the past four seasons in the Ottawa Senators' organization, recording 35 points (five goals, 30 assists) in 77 games in 2005-06, his best NHL season. He finished second among Senators' defensemen in assists and fourth in points, while his +29 plus/minus rating was tied for third on the team and fifth among all NHL defensemen. Three of his five goals came on the power play.

The seventh-year professional from New Bedford, Mass., has played 182 NHL games with Ottawa and Atlanta. Pothier signed as a free agent with the Thrashers after a standout four-year college career at Rensselaer and made his NHL debut in his first professional season. A Second-Team All-America selection in college, Pothier was twice named to the American Hockey League Second All-Star Team (2003, 2005) and won the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy in 2001 as the rookie of the year in the International Hockey League.

Brian Pothier
Position: Defense
Birthday: April 15, 1977 (New Bedford, Mass.)
Height: 6-0 Weight: 195 Shoots: Right
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 1, 2006.

Regular Season Playoffs

Year

Team

League

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

1995-96

Northfield-MH

USHS

27

11

22

33

36

-

-

-

-

-

1996-97

Rensselaer

ECAC

34

1

11

12

42

-

-

-

-

-

1997-98

Rensselaer

ECAC

35

2

9

11

28

-

-

-

-

-

1998-99

Rensselaer

ECAC

37

5

13

18

36

-

-

-

-

-

1999-00

Rensselaer

ECAC

36

9

24

33

44

-

-

-

-

-

2000-01

Atlanta

NHL

3

0

0

0

2

-

-

-

-

-

Orlando

IHL

76

12

29

41

69

16

3

5

8

11

2001-02

Atlanta

NHL

33

3

6

9

22

-

-

-

-

-

Chicago

AHL

39

6

13

19

30

-

-

-

-

-

2002-03

Ottawa

NHL

14

2

4

6

6

1

0

0

0

2

Binghamton

AHL

68

7

40

47

58

8

2

8

10

4

2003-04

Ottawa

NHL

55

2

6

8

24

7

0

0

0

6

2004-05

Binghamton

AHL

77

12

36

48

64

6

0

1

1

6

2005-06

Ottawa

NHL

77

5

30

35

59

8

2

1

3

2

NHL TOTALS

182

12

46

58

113

16

2

1

3

10


Honors: ECAC Second All-Star Team (2000) * ECAC All-Tournament Team (2000) * NCAA East Second All-America Team (2000) * Ken McKenzie Trophy (U.S.-Born Rookie of the Year, IHL) (2001) * Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year, IHL) (2001) * AHL Second All-Star Team (2003, 2005)
 
Transactions: Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, March 27, 2000. Traded to Ottawa by Atlanta for Shawn McEachern and Ottawa’s sixth-round choice (Dan Turple) in the 2004 Entry Draft, June 29, 2002.
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