Free Agency 2012: Capitals Sign Wojtek Wolski

The Washington Capitals announced the signing of 26-year-old left winger Wojtek Wolski to a one-year, $600,000 contract.

General Manager George McPhee made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, just one week after announcing the re-signings of centers Jay Beagle and Matthew Perreault.

The CaImage previewpitals will be Wolski's fifth NHL team since he was drafted as the 21st overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft. He was named the OHL's Red Tilson Trophy winner in 2006 as the league's most outstanding player and achieved career-highs in goals (23), assists (42), points (65), and games played (80) during the 2009-2010 season with the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes.

Last season, however, Wolski only played in 31 NHL games while struggling with a sports hernia, tallying 12 points for the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers in a season during which he was sent down to the AHL.

Despite his recent lack of production, Wolski, a native of Poland, could provide the Capitals with depth at the left wing, an offensive source on the energy line, and an additional threat as a skilled shot during shootouts.