The Washington Capitals have made a major move to secure the future of their team by signing center Dylan Strome to a five-year contract. Strome was originally picked up by the Capitals in the summer on a one-year deal, but his impressive performance has earned him a long-term commitment from the team.
Strome has played in 52 games with the Capitals this season, and has proven to be a valuable addition to the roster. He has recorded 11 goals and 25 assists for a total of 36 points, demonstrating his skill as a scorer and playmaker. The contract will have an average annual value (AAV) of $5 million per year.
Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan was quoted as saying, “Dylan is an intelligent and skilled center and has been a great addition to our organization. We are pleased to sign him to a long-term contract. We feel his skill set is a great fit for our team as he enters the prime years of his career at an important position.”
The signing of Strome to a five-year contract is a strong statement from the Washington Capitals about their commitment to building a winning team for the future. The Capitals want to help Ovechkin beat the scoring record, and are keeping a promise to keeping the team competitive and not rebuilding. Strome has shown his ability to be a key part of a strong Capitals team.
The Washington Capitals currently sit in the first wild card spot in the east, but have played 4 more games than the Penguins and 3 more games than the Sabres who are the two teams behind them, 3 and 4 points behind. Then it’s the Islanders and the Panthers who have only played one game less than the Capitals, but only sit 5 and 6 points away. The race for the playoff spots in the east is WIDE open still.