Digest (July 1): Capitals sign center Dowd to one-year contract; Beagle off to Canucks

Baltimore Sun

With the Washington Capitals bringing back almost their entire roster from their recent Stanley Cup championship, the first day of NHL free agency went as expected for the team — quiet. As other clubs have entered into bidding wars, Washington has used July 1 for depth signings the past three years, preferring to promote from within or upgrade through trade. The Capitals' first fringe move came within the first hour of free agency, signing 28-year-old center Nic Dowd to a one-year, $650,000 deal, the league minimum. With Jay Beagle leaving the organization for a four-year, $12 million contract in Vancouver, Dowd will offer some veteran competition at Beagle's old fourth-line center role.

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