Word from Kettler is that Caps veteran defenseman and assistant captain Tom Poti just signed a two-year extension with the team today. The deal is reportedly worth $3 million in 2011-12 and $2.75 million in 2012-13. This season is his last under the old deal at $3.5 million.
Poti’s an important presence on the Caps blue line; last year, the Worcester, MA native had 20 assists and 24 points but more importantly, a solid +26 plus-minus rating. While not a prolific scorer like Mike Green, Poti does give the defensive corps some solid play and leadership on the ice.
An extension was something wanted by both sides. Poti told the Caps he and his wife love it here, and that “”I’ve played in the league 12, 13 years and still haven’t won. I think this is the best chance for me to get a Cup. I was willing to give up some money, leave some money on the table, to have a chance at that.” All that’s left now is to prove it. The Caps open up the new season October 8 in Atlanta.