For so long it looked like the Washington Capitals would be silent on Day One of free agency. But with some holes on the roster, they made a move late in the day to get a role player in right wing Joey Crabb.
Crabb, 29, signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $950,000, his agent, Kevin Epp, confirmed in a phone interview Sunday night.
“He’s probably going to play a fourth-line energy role slash penalty kill role. He’ll probably play with [Matt] Hendricks and Jay [Beagle],” Epp said. “He has the versatility to play up and down the lineup so he can move up and down depending obviously on how he’s playing and how it’s going, for sure.”
Crabb played in 67 games last season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, putting up 11 goals, 15 assists and a plus-1 rating. He had 101 hits.
Crabb, an Alaska native, knows Beagle and Hendricks, which should aid his adjustment. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, his gritty game seems to fit perfectly with theirs.
“I’ve seen them play and I like their style; I like the way they play,” Crabb said in a phone interview. “The whole team has a lot of skill and it should be fun.”
Epp said he spoke early July 1 with director of player personnel Brian MacLellan and then got the deal done later in the day. It’s the first one-way deal in Crabb’s career. He was a seventh-round pick in 2002.
He admitted not knowing much about the Caps but expressed excitement about coming to Washington.
“They’re a high-profile team that’s on TV a lot. You get to know them pretty well as far as that goes,” Crabb said. “It should be fun playing with a team that has the chance to win.”