Pheonix Copley Re-Signs On a Two Year, $1.3 Million Contract

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Posted June 28, 2017

(via Scott Payonk)

Pheonix Copley, savior of the Hershey Bears’ season, has re-signed with the Capitals. Copley was a pending UFA, meaning he could sign with any team starting July 1. This is Copley’s second stint in the Caps organization as he was a key component in the T.J. Oshie trade. Then the Caps reacquired him as part of the Kevin Shattenkirk trade. Copley will earn $650,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL in 17-18, then regardless of the league he is in, $650,000 in 18-19.

Copley had a 2.25 goals against average and a .924 save percentage in 41 AHL games this year with the Chicago Wolves and with Hershey. Copley came to Hershey right when they needed him most.

“There is no doubt that without Copley we do not make the playoffs,” said Bears head coach Troy Mann.

Copley, in my opinion, is ready to be an NHL backup. Considering how tight the cap space is for the Caps, it would not surprise me if Phillip Grubauer is no longer with the team come December, as the Caps will need to fill the vacancy of defenseman Nate Schmidt one way or another.