The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension worth $2,500,000 per.
Neuvirth was 4-5-2 with a 2.74 goals-against average in 13 games this season headed into Saturday’s regular season finale. Currently the Capitals backup this season behind Braden Holtby, Neuvirth set career highs in games played (48), wins (27), goals-against average (2.45) and save percentage (.914) while coming in third place amongst rookie goaltenders in wins and goals-against average during the 2010-2011 season. He has compiled a 55-35-11 record with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 121 career NHL games, all with Washington.
After getting selected 34th overall in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Neuvirth began a two-year major junior career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He began with the Plymouth Whalers in 2006–07 before being traded on 13 November 2007 to the Windsor Spitfires, along with defenceman Tom Kane and a 4th round draft pick in 2009 in exchange for defenceman Michal Jordan, goaltender Matt Hackett, a 2008 second round OHL draft pick, and a third round pick in 2009. After spending less than half a season with the Spitfires, however, he was traded yet again on 8 January 2008 to the Oshawa Generals along with Ryan Baldwin for forward Justin Shugg, goaltender Jakub Kovář and second-round picks in 2008 and 2011. Neuvy won back-to-back Calder Cup championships with Hershey from 2008-10, including winning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL’s playoff MVP in 2009 with a 16-6 record and a 1.92 goals-against average during the playoffs.
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