The Washington Capitals have reached an agreement with another one of their restricted free agents, this time re-signing Brian Pinho to a two-year contract. The deal will carry an average annual value of $725K in the NHL, but is two-way in 2020-21 and one-way 2021-22.
Pinho, 25, actually made his NHL debut in these playoffs for the Capitals, suiting up twice against the New York Islanders (but receiving just 18 total shifts). The 2013 sixth-round pick finally made it all the way to the show after four years at Providence College and two full seasons in the AHL. While Pinho didn’t find any success in 2018-19 with the Hershey Bears, he broke out this year by scoring 20 goals in just 62 games.
It’s hard to imagine a way for Pinho to make a real impact on the NHL team, but the extension certainly puts him in a position to compete for a roster spot. Notably, he is still waiver-exempt for one more season meaning he can be sent to the minor leagues and held there as depth.