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The Capitals bought out the contract of Jeff Schultz on July 2, according to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post. He has since signed with the Los Angeles Kings, according to the team's website.
Schultz had played his entire seven-year career with Washington, highlighted by the 2009-10 season in which he led the NHL in plus/minus rating at plus-50.
However, the 2012-13 season was the worst of Schultz's career. He only played in 26 of 48 games, or 54 percent. This was the lowest such percentage since Schultz's rookie season, when he played in 46 percent of the team's games. Plus, Schultz's absences were due to healthy scratches, not injuries.
Furthermore, Schultz posted the lowest average time on ice of his career, according to Hockey-Reference.com.
HOW WILL THIS SUBTRACTION AFFECT THE CAPITALS?
The Capitals lose a warm body on the blue line.
More importantly, the departure of Schultz provides an opportunity for young defensemen such as Tomas Kundratek or Dmitry Orlov to gain valuable experience in the NHL, with the hope of gaining a permanent place in the lineup.