Caps Land CrabbPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
According to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger, the Caps signed their first unrestricted free agent of the 2012 summer shopping season late Sunday evening when they inked right wing Joey Crabb to a one-year deal worth $950,000, a raise from the $750,000 he earned with Toronto last season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Crabb is a 29-year-old native of Anchorage, AK. Crabb came through the U.S. National Development Team Program before spending four seasons at Colorado College. The Rangers drafted him just prior to the start of his freshman season. Originally drafted by the New York Rangers (seventh round, 226th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Crabb broke into the NHL with Atlanta in 2008-09, getting into 29 games with the Thrashers. Crabb turned pro in 2006-07, and he has played 290 AHL games spread out over five seasons in that league. The Rangers never signed Crabb; Atlanta inked him as a free agent just prior to his first pro campaign. The Thrashers dealt Crabb to the Chicago Blackhawks on June 24, 2010 and the Toronto Maple Leafs signed him as a free agent three weeks later. Crabb split the 2010-11 season between the AHL Toronto Marlies and the Maple Leafs, and finally spent his first full season in the NHL with the Leafs in 2011-12 scoring 11 goals and totaling 26 points in 67 games. In 144 career NHL games, Crabb has totaled 18 goals and 50 points along with 85 penalty minutes and a minus-2. A third- or fourth-line energy winger, Crabb averaged 13:26 in ice time per game with Toronto last season. He averaged 1:34 per game in shorthanded ice time, fourth among all Maple Leaf forwards and tops among all Toronto wingers. The Caps’ signing of Crabb was typical of the dozens of deals that were inked around the league earlier in the day of Sunday: short term and short money for mostly back-up goaltenders, bottom six forwards, third pair defensemen and other depth players.
A year ago today, the Capitals were one of the most active teams on the first day of NHL free agency. Today, Washington was among the quietest clubs. In a day characterized by the signing of mostly role players for short money and short term, the NHL’s first day of free agency came in like a lamb