ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals are still taking part in informal skates at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, and Charlie Lindgren is breaking in some fresh new gear.
The 28-year-old netminder debuted new pads on Thursday, completing his Capitals ensemble. His pads feature the classic iceberg pattern at the bottom, similar to his St. Louis Blues pads except in the Washington red, white and blue. He has the same pattern on his blocker, which is also in Capitals colors. He officially has full team gear, with the catcher and helmet to go with it.
Here are some photos and video of Lindgren in the new setup:
Lindgren inked a three-year, $3.3 million deal with Washington this offseason to serve as Darcy Kuemper’s backup. The Capitals elected to revamp their goaltending with Kuemper and Lindgren and replace Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek. Neither Samsonov nor Vanecek could strike consistency over their two years in net for Washington. As a result, the team traded Vanecek to the New Jersey Devils at the draft and elected not to qualify Samsonov, who hit free agency. There, he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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In five games up with the St. Louis Blues last season, Lindgren went 5-0-0 with a .958 save percentage and 1.22 GAA. In the AHL with the Springfield Thunderbirds, he was among the league leaders with a .925 save percentage and 2.21 GAA.
Lindgren is already acclimating well with some big saves at informal skates. He is also getting to know Darcy Kuemper and his teammates and is already well-liked in the room.
“A really great person, a great team guy, has had some good numbers as well,” Laviolette said of Lindgren this offseason. “Definitely a new look in net for us. And we’re really excited about it,” head coach Peter Laviolette said of the netminder.
“I’ve heard he’s an awesome guy, great in the locker room, everybody loves him,” Kuemper added back in July. “Super excited to get to know him and kind of start our partnership there.”