Forward Alex Chiasson signed a professional tryout agreement with the Washington Capitals, reports TVASports’ Renaud Lavoie. Chiasson played for the Calgary Flames last season and appeared in eighty-one games.
Chiasson scored 12G and 12A in those 81 games, but remained unsigned after finishing his one-year, $800K deal with the Flames. The former 2nd round pick (38th overall) in 2009 started his career with the Dallas Stars. He was then traded to the Ottawa Senators as part of a package for forward Jason Spezza. The Senators traded Chiasson to the Calgary Flames as a pending-RFA, who then declined to offer Chiasson a qualifying offer this offseason.
It is unclear why Chiasson did not secure a contract this season. Scoring 12 goals in the NHL is not worthless, and teams looking for depth forwards could do much worse. The Capitals may have found a reliable depth scorer for its 2nd-4th line in Chiasson, and Chiasson hopes to rehab his NHL image with an improved performance.