After being tendered a qualifying offer last week, Riley Barber agreed to a one-year deal to stay with the Capitals in 2018-19. The two-way deal will pay Barber an AAV of $650k and $115k in the AHL. The 24-year-old Barber will likely return to Hershey next year for his fourth season with the team. Since joining the Bears in 2015, Barber has appeared in 173 games and tallied 120 points. Last season, Barber led the Bears in goals with 20 and finished the season with 38 points in 60 games.
The Pittsburgh native was a sixth-round pick by the Capitals in 2012 but has appeared in just 3 NHL games (all in 2016-17). Last season, Barber saw himself surpassed by Shane Gersich on the depth chart as the Capitals elected to call-up the 21-year-old Gersich after finishing his season at the University of North Dakota before Barber.
This is the fifth signing by the Capitals since the free agency period started on the first of July; agreeing to contracts with Nic Dowd, Michael Sgarbossa, Jayson Megna, and Travis Boyd (RFA).
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