The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Tyson Strachan, right wing Matt Watkins and goaltender David Leggio to one-year, two-way contracts
Leggio, the Rochester Americans most valuable player the past two seasons, is coming off a 38 win season, good enough to place him first in the league. Leggio played for four years at Clarkson University, where he amassed a record of 59–29–12 with a .922 save percentage and 2.30 GAA. Leggio saw action in 54 games for Rochester in the 2011-12 season, winning a career-high 28, but he went 0-3 in the postseason. With Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth taking the two spots with the Sabres, Buffalo is looking to use three-year veteran Matt Hackett more often in Rochester, taking a spot away from Leggio. In his two seasons as the Amerks starter, the Williamsville native had a 66-48-3 record with a 2.59 GAA, .921 save percentage and 15-3 shootout record.
Watkins was originally drafted in the fifth round (160th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coytoes. Watkins registered 30 points and 43 penalty minutes in 68 games with Bridgeport of the AHL in 2012-13. The 5’11”, 180-pound forward ranked fifth on the team in points and served as the Sound Tigers’ captain during the 2012-13 campaign. Watkins has compiled 123 points and 153 penalty minutes in 253 career AHL games with Bridgeport, Portland and San Antonio and has appeared in one NHL game with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Strachan, who turned pro in 2006–07, has played 120 games in the NHL with both the Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues. As a member of Florida last season, Strachan compiled four assists and 40 penalty minutes. Strachan has collected 68 points and 270 penalty minutes in 216 AHL games with San Antonio, Peoria and Albany. He was originally drafted by Carolina in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
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