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Washington Capitals sign Logan Thompson from Vegas Golden Knights for 83rd overall pick in 2024 and 2025 third-round picks – NoVa Caps

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The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Logan Thompson from the Vegas Golden Knights for the 83rd overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2025. The 27-year-old will count $766,667 against the salary cap in the 2024-25 season before becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency.

Thompson went 25-14-5 with a .908 save percentage, 2.70 goals-against average, one shutout and 5.22 goals-against average in 46 regular-season games last season. He posted a .921 save percentage and 2.35 goals-against average in four postseason games during Vegas’ seven-game first-round loss to the Dallas Stars, but Adin Hill started the final three games of the series.

The undrafted goaltender and 2023 Stanley Cup winner has a 56-32-11 record with a .912 save percentage, a 2.67 goals-against average and four shutouts in 103 career NHL games, all with Vegas.

Graphic: CapitalsPR

The 2023 NHL All-Star was originally signed by Washington to an AHL contract in 2019 and spent the 2019–20 season with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

Washington makes the move after trading Darcy Kuemper to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for center Pierre-Luc Dubois on June 19. It provides some security in goal for Charlie Lindgren, who has played in just 110 regular-season games in his career and has come back down to earth in the postseason after a stellar regular season in which he posted a .864 save percentage and a 3.58 goals-against average.

The Capitals currently have $6,368,333 in NHL salary cap space, with Nicklas Backstrom (hip) expected to remain on the long-term injured list next season.

The team now has 10 forwards, seven defensemen and a goalie under contract for the 2024-25 season, with center Connor McMichael (not eligible for salary arbitration) becoming a restricted free agent on Monday. The team has also expressed a desire to shake up its defensive group ahead of the weekend.

Washington signed right winger Andrew Mangiapane from the Calgary Flames in the Colorado Avalanche’s 2025 second-round pick on Thursday and traded left winger Beck Malenstyn to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday in exchange for the 43rd overall pick in 2024 (defenseman Cole Hutson).

Washington selected left wing Ilya Protas, brother of center Aliaksei, 75th overall with its other third-round pick for 2024.

By Harrison Brown

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