- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2008


Tomas Fleischmann won’t fret over not having a contract during training camp next season.

Fleischmann, who has six goals and 21 points this season for the Washington Capitals, agreed to a two-year extension yesterday. The deal is worth $725,000 a season, according to a team source.

The 23-year-old is earning $495,000 this season, but he came to training camp without a contract because he rejected the team’s qualifying offer after his entry-level contract expired before signing Oct. 1.

“I did not have a contract, and it was a tough summer, so I did not want to do the same thing this year,” Fleischmann said.

Fleischmann, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound left wing, has spent most of the season on one of the top two lines. He has eight points in his past 14 games but has yet to display the offensive ability that made him one of Hershey’s top forwards in the past two Calder Cup playoffs.

“I have a lot of faith in him,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He can make plays. You can’t find enough truly skilled players. I think he’ll be a little stronger next year. He sees the ice so well. Sometimes he tries to be cute and still thinks he can get away with it and he can’t, but eventually he will learn it.”

Corey Masisak

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