The Capitals signed restricted free agent Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract on Tuesday night, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto.

According to a league source, the deal is for $2.6 million. The 26-year-old forward scored a career-high 23 goals last season and finished with 51 points. That means all four of the team’s key restricted free agents coming into the summer – defenseman Jeff Schultz and forwards Fleischmann, Eric Fehr and Boyd Gordon - have now been signed.

Washington has about $5.9 million in salary-cap space remaining to add three players to its roster. If we add Mathieu Perreault and rookie Marcus Johansson to that list – and the team does need two centers – then that number drops to about $4.3 million. That’s still a good chunk of change to add one final player if general manager George McPhee chooses to use it through a trade or a late free-agent signing. Otherwise he can roll that cap space into the regular season and wait to see how the trade market develops. That's a pretty good position to be in - provided the internal additions from AHL Hershey and the draft can handle their expanded roles in the NHL.

In other Caps news, they held the first of several Winter Classic press conferences in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. McPhee, team president Dick Patrick and forwards Mike Knuble and David Steckel represented the franchise at Heinz Field, site of this year's fourth annual Winter Classic. The event's old-school logos were unveiled, too. The Caps face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 1, 2011.


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