Capitals Re-Sign Boyd Gordon

Allen PopelsCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 09:  Boyd Gordon #15 of the Washington Capitals readies to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington,  DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals announced on Monday that they have re-signed restricted free agent center Boyd Gordon to a one-year deal worth a reported $761,000. That number represents a 17 percent raise over his salary from the 2008-09 season.

Gordon, 25, recorded five goals and 14 points to go along with a minus-4 rating in 63 games for the Capitals last season. As a center for the third and fourth lines, he is primarily known for his excellent penalty killing and face-off ability. He won 56.1 percent of his draws during the regular season, and won a team best 63.3 percent during Washington's playoff run.

A former first round pick of the Capitals back in 2002, Gordon has established himself as a solid checking line forward. He jumped onto the scene during the 2006-07 season, establishing career highs of seven goals and 29 points. However, those totals have dipped in each of his next two seasons.

With a number of quality prospects in the fold for the coming season, Gordon will have to prove his worth to the team in order to keep a roster spot in Washington long-term.

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