NOW It’s Official! Caps Sign Brett Connolly for 2 years, $1.5 Million a Year

Posted July 1, 2017

(Caps Outsider)

Four and a half hours after not giving him a qualifying offer, the Capitals and forward Brett Connolly, 25, have agreed to a two-year $3 million ($1.5 million average annual value) contract.

Connolly was the sixth overall of the Tampa Bay lightning in 2010, he also played with the Boston Bruins before coming to Washington prior to the start of last season. Connolly scored a career-high 15 goals, while playing in 66 games this season. He was a key part of the Caps’ depth in the regular season while playing on the dynamic third line alongside Lars Eller and Andre Burakovsky.

There was some question about how the organization felt about him after he went pointless in seven playoff games before becoming a healthy scratch – and replaced with a seventh defenseman. Connolly had his chances, he was just unable to find the back of the net.

The Caps will most likely look for him to provide depth once again this season, most likely on the third line.