The Washington Capitals have made several moves to pull expiring contracts from the roster, but that won’t be the case for Nicolas Aube-Kubel. The bottom-six forward has signed a one-year contract extension with a $1.225MM salary.
Aube-Kubel, 26, was snagged off waivers earlier this season after signing a one-year, $1MM contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer. At that point, he was fresh off a Stanley Cup championship with the Colorado Avalanche but never seemed to fit in Toronto.
That has not been the case in Washington, where he quickly found a new home and has scored eight points in 30 games. Aube-Kubel’s speed, tenacity, and fearless forechecking have endeared him to several coaching staffs over the years, and clearly did enough to secure his spot with the Capitals for next year.
Still, it is surprising to see him get a raise for next season, given the limited offense he provides. Aube-Kubel will be making the highest salary of his career in 2023-24.