After already adding a pair of NHL defensemen in Justin Schultz and Trevor van Riemsdyk, the Washington Capitals have signed Paul LaDue for some minor league depth. LaDue has signed a one-year deal worth $700K.
The 28-year-old defenseman has played 69 games at the NHL level, all of them with the Los Angeles Kings, the organization that picked him in the sixth round back in 2012. LaDue spent almost all of the 2019-20 season in the minor leagues with the Ontario Reign and it seems unlikely he’ll be in any different of a situation in Washington.
The Capitals already have seven NHL defensemen if you include the unsigned Jonas Siegenthaler even with Michal Kempny on long-term injured reserve, meaning LaDue will have to wait for further injuries to get into the lineup. That said, the team is already over the salary cap ceiling and there could be more moves on the way.