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Washington Capitals sign T.J. Oshie to eight-year contract

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie signed an eight-year, $ 46 million contract, the team announced on Friday.

Oshie recorded career highs in goals (33) and plus/minus rating (plus-28) to go along with 23 assists in 68 games last season for the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals.

The former U.S. Olympic hero also contributed in the playoffs, scoring four goals and setting up eight others in 13 postseason games as Washington advanced to the second round before succumbing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

“Couldn’t be happier to resign with the @Capitals!!” the 30-year-old Oshie wrote on Twitter. “Great city, great organization and even more important great people.”

Oshie has collected 107 points (59 goals, 48 assists) in 148 career contests in Washington.

“T.J. is an invaluable member of our team and we felt it was imperative for us to re-sign him in a competitive free agent market,” general manager Brian MacLellan said. “T.J. is a highly competitive player with a tremendous skill set; he epitomizes the kind of player our team must have in order for us to continue to put ourselves in a position to compete in this league.”

Oshie has recorded 417 points (169 goals, 248 assists) in 591 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues and Capitals. He was selected by the Blues with the 24th overall pick of the 2005 draft.

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