Caps sign, recall D Steven Oleksy
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03-05-2013, 05:30 PM
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Wey and any other signings for next season won't count against the limit until the following league year unless they sign and get into NHL action (thus starting the contract). If that happens then they're big sellers most likely and the contract limit has already been thinned out. The contract limit is a bigger deal for teams flush in organizational prospect depth or teams like Philadelphia that compensate for it by signing lots of marginal UDFAs. The Caps have instead added older players like Carman, Stoa, Leblanc & Wellman that aren't likely to remain on the books for years to come while being evaluated/developed. They've also managed to get guys like Syner & Almeida to sign to AHL deals. They ought to sign at least a few college free agents this spring and should have ample room. They could have a real influx of prospects going pro after next season but one spot should be manageable enough.
Even if Oleksy is outclassed at the NHL level he's still a pretty serviceable character AHL RD. As far as rationalizations go they must really like the trajectory of his development the past year or so. Oates said as much about his stay in Hershey, however unconventional that all may be.
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