Free Agency 2012: Capitals Get Joey Crabb
The first acquisition for Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee is forward Joey Crabb from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He signed on a one-year deal worth $950,000.
The right winger had 11 goals, 15 assists and 101 hits in 2011-2012, his first full season in the NHL. At 29, he has scored 18 goals and has 32 assists in 144 games with Toronto and Atlanta after being a seventh-round pick in 2002.
Crabb is projected to be a bottom-six guy for new Capitals coach Adam Oates, possibly teaming up with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle on the fourth line. He could play some on the penalty kill and he's not afraid to drop fists either. He ends up catching more punches than he throws but having a guy willing to fight on the fourth line is never a bad thing.
Here's to hoping Crabb catches on and adds to that fourth line.
Also, here's to hoping that McPhee ramps up his efforts in free agency. Adding fourth-line guys is not going to cut it if the Caps hope to get past the Eastern Conference Semifinals.