Flash Back: Capitals Resign Tomas Fleischmann to 1 Year Deal

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Washington Capitals announced Tuesday evening that they have resigned forward Tomas Fleischmann to a 1 year contract avoiding a salary arbtration meeting, which was scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto, Ontario. The club did not disclose how much the deal is worth, but Tarik El-Bashir is reporting that Fleischmann will receive 2.6 million dollars next season. This would leave the Capitals $5.9 million below the salary cap for next season according to CapGeek.
Fleischmann's agent has compared him to 27 year-old Czech center Tomas Plekanec, who scored 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) and received $2.75 million in 2009-2010. Fleischmann, a 26 year old from Kopřivnice, Czech Republic, points total has increased in every season since he became a full time NHL player during the 2007-08 campaign. His 51 points (23 goals, 28 assists) in the 2009-2010 were good for 6th on the offensively talented Capitals despite the fact that he missed the first 11 games of the season due to the effects of a blood clot in his leg following blocked shots in 2009 postseason. However, Fleischmann did not transfer his stellar regular season performance to the playoffs, recording just 1 point before being benched for the pivotal Game 7 vs. Montreal. Fleischmann is expected to be the Capitals 2nd line center next season after Washington chose not to resign centers Eric Belanger and Brendan Morrison.


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