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NHL signings: Capitals ink Eminger, Sutherby

The Washington Capitals agreed to terms on one-year deals with former first round picks Steve Eminger and Brian Sutherby on Tuesday.

The Washington Capitals agreed to terms on one-year deals with former first-round picks Steve Eminger and Brian Sutherby on Tuesday.

Eminger's deal is worth $1 million US, while Sutherby's base salary is $800,000.

Eminger, 23, was drafted 12th overall by Washington in the 2002 entry draft.The stay-at-home defencemanhas scored six goals and 35 assists in 192 career games.

Sutherby was taken 23rd overall by the Capitals in the 2000 draft. The Edmonton native had seven goals and 10 assists in 69 games last season.

Washington finished out of the playoffs for the third consecutive season and has sought to improve the team by adding veterans — forwards Michael Nylander and Viktor Kozlov, as well as defenceman Tom Poti— through free agency.

Wild retain Foster

Kurtis Foster was re-signed Tuesday by the Minnesota Wild. Financial terms of the one-year deal were not announced.

The defenceman had three goals and 20 assists in games last season, his second with the Wild. The Carp, Ont., native was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2000, but saw his first NHLaction two years later with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Habs reach deal with Gorges

Montrealwas also busy, re-signing young defenceman Josh Gorges. The 22-year-old was acquired,along with a first-round pick, in a February deal with the San Jose Sharks in exchange for longtime Canadiens defenceman Craig Rivet.

Gorges had a goal andthree assists in 54 NHL games last season.

Theclub also signed a number of minor-league players, including goaltender Yann Danis, whoplayed six games for the Canadiens in 2005-06, recording a shutout while going 3-2 with a 2.69 goals-against average.