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Capitals Sign Tyson Strachan, Matt Watkins and David Leggio

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Tyson Strachan, right wing Matt Watkins and goaltender David Leggio to one-year, two-way contracts, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Strachan, 28, played in 38 games with the Florida Panthers last season, compiling four assists and 40 penalty minutes. He ranked third on the Panthers in penalty minutes and also recorded nine points (one goal, eight assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 24 games with San Antonio of the American Hockey League (AHL).

The 6’3”, 225-pound blueliner has recorded 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) and 127 penalty minutes in 120 career NHL games with Florida and St. Louis. Strachan has collected 68 points (12 goals, 56 assists) and 270 penalty minutes in 216 AHL games with San Antonio, Peoria and Albany. The Melfort, Saskatchewan, native spent four seasons at The Ohio State University and was originally drafted by Carolina in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Watkins, 26, registered 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) and 43 penalty minutes in 68 games with Bridgeport of the AHL in 2012-13. The 5’11”, 180-pound forward ranked fifth on the team in points and served as the Sound Tigers’ captain during the 2012-13 campaign.

The native of Aylesbury, Saskatchewan, has compiled 123 points (49 goals, 74 assists) and 153 penalty minutes in 253 career AHL games with Bridgeport, Portland and San Antonio and has appeared in one NHL game with the Phoenix Coyotes. The former University of North Dakota forward was originally drafted in the fifth round (160th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Leggio, 28, compiled a 38-24-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and four shutouts in 64 games last season with Rochester (AHL). He led the league in wins and games played in 2012-13, ranked tied for fourth in the AHL in save percentage and19th in goals-against average last season. Leggio set career-best marks last season in games played, wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.

The 6’0”, 185-pound goaltender owns an 88-62-3 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 156 career AHL games with Rochester, Portland, Albany and Binghamton. The Buffalo native helped TPS win the SM-liiga championship in Finland during the 2009-10 season and in 2006-07, he led the Clarkson University Golden Knights to an ECAC championship where he was named team MVP, ECAC Goaltender of the Year and was on the ECAC’s First All-Star Team. Leggio was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Buffalo in August 2010.

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