Capitals Re-Sign Boyd Gordon

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Capitals Re-Sign Boyd Gordon
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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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