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Copley signs three-year, $3.3 million contract with Capitals

Goalie could have been unrestricted free agent July 1

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Pheonix Copley signed a three-year, $3.3 million contract with the Washington Capitals on Monday.

The contract has an average annual value of $1.1 million.

"It means a lot obviously. It's a great organization and I'm excited to continue to have the opportunity to help the organization and do what I can to win games," Copley said after practice Monday.

The 27-year-old goalie could have been an unrestricted free agent July 1. He is 10-5-3 with a 2.98 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and one shutout in 19 games (16 starts) this season. He had points in seven straight starts (6-0-1) from Nov. 24-Jan. 9, the longest run for any Capitals goalie this season.

Copley, who is from the North Pole, Alaska, was signed by the Capitals as a free agent March 20, 2014 after spending two seasons with Michigan Tech in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He was traded to the St. Louis Blues with forward Troy Brouwer and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft for forward T.J. Oshie on July 2, 2015. The Capitals required Copley from St. Louis in the trade that sent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to Washington on Feb. 27, 2017.

"It was my first time doing a deal in the season, so I didn't really know what to expect," Copley said of his contract. "But, like I said, my job and my mentality doesn't really change. I'm here to try and win games and help the team any way I can. So that doesn't change for me. I'm just going to keep my foot on the gas."

Copley, the backup to Braden Holtby in Washington, is 10-6-3 with a 3.08 GAA and .898 save percentage in 21 NHL games (17 starts). He earned his first NHL shutout by making 35 saves for the Capitals in a 4-0 win against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 22.

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