Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer Signing Season: Laing Gets New Contract

The Washington Capitals have made their first off-season signing, inking a one-year deal with Hockey Mom fave Quintin Laing. The tenacious Laing, he of little teeth and huge "moxie", only played in one game last year for the Caps and suffered a torn spleen after blocking a shot (his specialty, thus the many missing pearly whites).

From the team's press release:

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Quintin Laing to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Laing, 30, played one game for Washington last season. He was recalled by the Caps from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on March 19 and played the entire game (10:19) at Tampa Bay despite suffering a torn spleen on his second shift in the first period. Laing ended the game with a +1 rating.

The 6’2”, 210-pound native of Rosetown, Saskatchewan, spent most of the season with the Calder Cup champion Bears. He tallied 25 points (9g-16a) in 55 regular-season games before his recall. Laing missed more than two months with his spleen injury, but he returned to the Bears during the Calder Cup playoffs and had two goals and two assists in nine games.

Laing was drafted by Detroit in the fourth round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, 102nd overall. He has played in 43 career NHL games (40 with Washington and three with Chicago) and has one goal and six assists. He was signed by Washington as a free agent on July 18, 2006.

Quintin Laing

Left Wing

Ht.: 6’2” Wt.: 210
Shoots: Left

Born: June 8, 1979 (Rosetown, Saskatchewan)
Drafted: Detroit’s fourth-round choice, 102nd overall, in the 1997 Entry Draft
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, July 18, 2006

Congrats Quintin and look forward to seeing you at Kettler when camp rolls around!

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