|7/1/2019Capitals sign Richard Panik0 COMMENTS By Quinn JonesThe Washington Capitals have agreed to sign forward Richard Panik to a four-year contract worth around $10.6 million, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported. The team can’t officially sign Panik until today at 12 p.m. ET, when NHL free agency begins.|
Panik had 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in 75 games with the Coyotes last season. This will be Panik’s fifth team in the NHL after beginning his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played the 2014-15 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and then was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks. In the 2016-17 Panik had a breakthrough season, where he scored 22 goals totaling for 44 points. He was then traded once more to the Arizona Coyotes.
Panik addresses the Capitals biggest need at third-line right wing next to Lars Eller and Carl Hagelin. Able to play on the Penalty Kill, the 28-year-old Slovak also adds depth scoring.
Panik also faced legal trouble in 2018 when he was cited for trespassing after he refused to leave the entrance of a local bar and restaurant called Bevvy in Arizona just before Police said Panik appeared to be intoxicated.
He was later released with a criminal citation.
As the Capitals look to make another run at the Stanley Cup, adding Richard Panik helps the Caps chances in bringing the Stanley Cup back to Washington DC.