Capitals' Neuvirth earns 2-year extension

Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth was rewarded Wednesday with a two-year contract extension.

Washington Capitals netminder Michal Neuvirth was rewarded Wednesday with a two-year, $2.3-million US contract extension.

The extension kicks in for the 2011-12 season.

Neuvirth, 22, posted a 9-4-0 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 17 games with Washington last season.

He also helped the AHL's Hershey Bears win the Calder Cup, becoming the first goaltender to capture consecutive Calder Cups since former Capital Pete Peeters accomplished the feat with the Maine Mariners in 1978 and 1979.  

Neuvirth is 11-5-0 with a 2.80 GAA and a .910 SP in 22 NHL games since he was drafted in the second round (34th overall) by the Capitals in 2006.

Neuvirth is expected to compete with Semyon Varlamov for the starting assignment at Capitals training camp.