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Fehr spent parts of six seasons in Washington before a 2011 trade to the Winnipeg Jets. His and the team’s hope is that those injury-plagued days are over.

“We talked about maybe adding a little more depth at forward. And we know this player, he’s still a young player,” McPhee said. “Looks like he’s gotten over the surgeries and the rehab and he also was playing really well in Finland. And so we thought it’d be a nice addition.”

Fehr managed to play just 35 games for Winnipeg last season and had two goals and one assist. But for HPK Hameenlinna in Finland, he had 13 goals and 12 assists in 21 games.

“Last year, I felt like I was in survival mode a little bit, just trying to get through every game,” Fehr said. “Now I’m feeling a lot better. I’m happy to be playing hockey, and it feels a lot better on the ice when you’re not in pain all the time.”

Ice chips

• Defenseman Tom Poti, who hasn’t played in two years because of a groin injury and fractured pelvis, passed his physical and then was assigned by the Caps to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment. The 35-year-old can be there for up to 14 days before the Caps must bring him back.

• A settlement with ex-Caps forward Eric Belanger was part of the new collective bargaining agreement, ending a grievance over moving expenses from 2010. McPhee said Belanger moved his family to Washington before a contract was signed.