Caps avoid arbitration with Fleischmann
The Washington Capitals and forward Tomas Fleischmann have come to terms on a one-year contract agreement, the club announced on Tuesday.
Financial terms were not released. The restricted free agent earned $725,000 US last season and had filed for salary arbitration, with a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
While the two sides reached a deal, Fleischmann could become a coveted unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2011 with another strong campaign.
In his third full season in Washington, Fleischmann set career highs with 23 goals and 28 assists. The six-foot-one forward has scored seven power-play goals and four game winners in each of the last two seasons.
The Czech Republic native, 26, spent two seasons with Moose Jaw in the Western Hockey League and was originally drafted by Detroit. The Red Wings traded him in a deal in which they obtained Robert Lang.