ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed free agent right wing Brian Willsie 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.
Willsie, 32, is a former Capital and Hershey Bear who returns to the organization after splitting the past four years between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche organizations. A veteran of 380 NHL games since he made his debut in 1999-00, Willsie has totaled 52 goals and 56 assists (108 points) in the NHL. His best season came in 2005-06 with the Capitals when he finished fourth on the team with 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 82 games.
The Belmont, Ontario, native stands 6’1” and weighs 202 pounds. He played four games for Colorado last season while spending most of the year with its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. Willsie led Lake Erie in goals (26) and was third in points (57) in 75 games. Willsie spent parts of four seasons with Hershey from 1998-2003, when he was originally in the Colorado organization. The Avalanche drafted him in the sixth round, 146th overall, of the 1996 Entry Draft.