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Capitals, Defenseman Alexander Alexeyev Agree to Extension

ARLINGTON, V.A. – The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with defen…

ARLINGTON, V.A. – The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with defenseman Alexander Alexeyev on a two-year contract extension, general manager Brian MacLellan announced Tuesday.

The deal carries an AAV of $825,000 for the 23-year-old, who was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

Alexeyev, 23, saw his first major NHL action with the Capitals this past season as a member of the third defensive line. He ranked fifth on the team in blocked shots per 60 minutes, according to the team, in addition to tallying five points across 32 games.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Russian played in 68 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears during the 2021-22 season, finishing with one goal and 18 assists.

With Alexeyev returning, Martin Fehervary, a restricted free agent, and Matt Irwin, an unrestricted free agent, are the only two defenders set to hit the market from the 2022-23 Capitals team.

Alexeyev was the Capitals’ first-round draft pick in 2018.

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