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Caps sign Dmitry Kugryshev

The Caps have signed right wing Dmitry Kugryshev, their second round choice in 2008, to a three-year entry level contract.

The 6 foot, 185-pound Russian is currently playing for the QMJHL Quebec Remparts and has 55 assists and 83 points in 64 games to lead his team in those categories.

Kugryshev, 20, can join the Hershey Bears once his junior team's season ends.

The contract kicks in next season and will pay him NHL salaries of $550K, $600K and $650K. The deal includes an $87K signing bonus each season but no category A or B incentives.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 9, 2010; 5:56 PM ET
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more offense to replace the next nyls :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 9, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

according to tsn, the caps also signed aucoin

Posted by: gocaps01 | March 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Is that 55 assists and 38 Goals or 38 assists and 55 points?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 9, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the team, Kugs or Kuger, or whatever they call you.

Or should we just call you Dimya, your Russian nickname?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 9, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Another red-head joins our team to help rock the red, joining Flash and Semin.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 9, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Do you have red heads in your family or is just because of our Sasha's red hair. Seriously glad to hear Hershey is getting attention too. Wonder if Krugs is to fill Osala's spot-both right wings I think.

I'm still waiting to hear about a signing with our Viking with the long golden locks, Nicky, with the best puck stopping backside in the league!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 9, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

@ oldtimehockey that would be 55 assists and 28 goals for 83 points not 38 goals......... unless Tarik meant 93 points!

Posted by: irish15 | March 9, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Sounds talented. Needs to bulk up, though. Joining the bears should help him increase those numbers even more!

Posted by: Sonyask | March 9, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

6th in the league in scoring (28g, 55a)
4th in assists

more info can be found at:

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 9, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Um... what are "category A or B incentives"?

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | March 9, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess he's good? We shall see....

Posted by: LloydChristmas | March 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Cody Eakin is ginger and he's going to sign any day.

Posted by: theskinnypost | March 9, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse


On red heads. My paternal grandmother was a red head even though I only knew her after it had already turned totally white. One of my cousins also had red hair. There's lots of red headed Irish. While my family is Irish, the dominant hair color is dark brown.

While the Irish get most of the credit for red hair, the Russians have their share, too, like Kuger and Sasha.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 9, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse


I too am waiting for our Viking with the long golden locks to sign his extension with the Caps.

Memo to Nicky. You may get more money elsewhere but you won't have as good a supporting cast to receive your sweet passes. Your chances of winning are better with a good supporting cast. Plus, you won't get to play with Ovi any where else, either.

(This memo also goes for Flash, Fehr, Laich, Semin as well.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 9, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse


Along with his red hair, I hear Squeaks has quite the temper. I heard about a fight he got into.

Squeaks is Eakins' nickname.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 9, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom hasn't even thought about signing elsewhere. Nor will he get more money anywhere else unless that team wants to pony up some huge compensation.

Backs will be re-signed.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom hasn't even thought about signing elsewhere. Nor will he get more money anywhere else unless that team wants to pony up some huge compensation.

Backs will be re-signed.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the first part but the second part is a stretch. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of teams out there that would love to sign Backs.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | March 9, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

From the prior thread, anybody else have concerns about Semin blocking shots on the PK. The Russian Machine that never breaks - that's the other guy.

Posted by: zmega | March 9, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

They corrected the post without acknowledging the mistake. Can I get a month free home delivery as a volunteer editor?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 9, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I have seen this guy play in Halifax (against the Mooseheads), and he's a solid player. The Moose are horrible this year (by far the worst team in the Q), so it's tough to judge players against them, but this guy looked good in the two games I saw. 83 points in the Q is a lot this year as well, as it's a relatively quiet year for scorers (the leader has 95) and Kugryshev is sitting in 7th in overall league scoring.

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 9, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like our poor buddy Sid the Baby is too tired to go on the David Letterman show. After winning the Gold for Canada Letterman invited him on the show and Cindy declined. So GM Shero came to back him up and stated that he's been traveling a lot and doing a lot of interviews. Really? So this is the idiot that the NHL wants to build it's league around? And yes I'd be equally as mad if OV didn't do it but OV would never say no. He wants to promote the sport etc. Just another reason I can't stand the guy.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 9, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75: Semin is a red-head?

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 9, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Caps have another RW from the Q in the system - Bouchard. Like Kugryshev, Bouchard was a 2nd Round pick (2006) and put up those kind of numbers (maybe even better). Bouchard has one more year to go on his EL contract, after which time he makes the club or flies the coop. In a perfect world, Fehr moves up eventually to the top line, Bouchard replaces him on the 3rd line and Kugryshev replaces at Hershey.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm a long way from the AHL action, but something I'm wondering:

It seems like the Bears are loaded with veteran players. But that, I mean guys like Aucoin, Giroux, Kane, etc who are unlikely to ever get much more than a cup of coffee at the top level. Are the other AHL teams like that?

My wondering is that it's great for Hershey to do so well, but if it's the vets doing it mostly, then it doesn't necessarily help the Caps in the future.

Who are in the Bears are really future caps fixtures? The goalies for sure, and that's been a big part of the winning. And Alzner and Carlson. But, aren't the rest of them pretty much older players doing the winning? OK, Wilson and Gordon look like good prospects, as do Perreault and Bouchard (all are ranked maybe 3rd liners I think). Any other D? What of Collins? I think he's signed to one-way, but unsure. Looked good last year when he was up.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Tonight's gonna be a tough one. Carolina's playing really well right now and they're surprisingly only 9 points back of the 8th spot. A while ago they looked like they were def. done for the season. They need to win tonight. We better be ready. I hope to see Theo back in the nets tonight.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 10, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. There's much I don't know about Hershey and how we combine prospects and veteran players there and how the Caps bring other prospects into Hershey. I get the feeling that some of the veteran signings such as Acoin (spelling) are to keep Hershey's winning ways so that the guys get a taste for success. Makes me want to watch Bull Durham again. I love the passion for the game these guys have.

Yes, the Canes are going to be hungry. They need every point. I expect to see Theo tonight if BB follows through on how he said he was handling the goalies for the time being.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 10, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Scroll all the way down and check out the goof ball picture of cindy..

Posted by: samb99 | March 10, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

@rachel - "I hope to see Theo back in the nets tonight".

Who would've ever thought that statement would be made. Pretty true though.

While Theo is playing well and has for a while I just don't feel he can lead us all the way to the Cup so I hope we can get Varly going before the playoffs.

2yrs ago Theo did the same thing in Colorado. Stole the 1st round series against Dallas then flopped in the 2nd vs Detroit and got swept. That still worries me.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 10, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Article on the PK is telling. A few guys need to earn a playoff roster spot by blocking shots on the pk. Stecks and Gordon have been reacting to the other team, not intiating activity. With the logjam on the 3rd and 4th lines, it's time for some guys to step it up.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 10, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse


IMO that's why BB keeps putting Varly back in the game. Got to get him acclimated again after his injury. Plus I would like to use my Varly jersey too--not just my Backs one. Seriously, I like how Theo is playing but having a sharp Varly as backup is necessary. Glad that the Caps have the points room to take our chances on a game and keep alternating them. I feel pretty good about the playoffs if both of them are in top form.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 10, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

@TOMINFL1 - "My wondering is that it's great for Hershey to do so well, but if it's the vets doing it mostly, then it doesn't necessarily help the Caps in the future."

I wondered the same thing but here are the stats and ages of the top 10 point leaders in Hershey.

C - Aucoin - 31 - 84 - 56
LW - Giroux - 28 - 81 - 52
RW - Gordon - 24 - 61 - 62
LW - Bourque - 24 - 54 - 36
RW - Bouchard - 21 - 43 - 60
C - Wilson - 25 - 42 - 60
C - Perreault - 22 - 40 - 45
D - Carlson - 20 - 39 - 48
LW - Kane - 31 - 37 - 62
C - Pinzzotto - 25 - 31 - 56

So certainly Aucoin and Giroux are the leading point getters so to say and are the vets of the team but there are several 21-25yr olds doing their part.

Also if you notice of the young guys Gordon, Bourque and Perreault are all averaging a point or more a game with Wilson and Bouchard not too far off that pace.

Good point though. I wonder what this team would look like w/o Aucoin and Giroux. My feeling is GMGM signed Aucoin as he's a great leader down there and is helping to bring the young guys along. It seems like a pretty good mix as every team needs some vets to help show/lead the way.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 10, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

pokerface: Good data. Aucoin has also been resigned, so they are paying him way more than the average AHL salary. He impressed me when he was up with the Caps, and I wouldn't be at all unhappy with Backstrom, Belanger, Aucoin and Steckel as next year's center, with Perreault as the call-up and then you trade for a vet at the dealine. I know others say Aucoin is not an NHL player. They must be more right than me since he's in Hershey. OTOH, if he's not NHL material, why give him more than $500K a year?

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure there are a lot of teams out there that would love to sign Backs.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | March 9, 2010 9:01 PM |

There definitely are. But what they would have to give up due to his RFA status (not to mention the $6-7 million per year), would be a boatload. I don't see him going anywhere else.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 10, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

According to the CBA, only certain bonuses are allowed in a rookie contract. Category A bonuses are team based bonuses (goals, points, etc). Category B bonuses are league based (top 10 in goals, league awards, etc). See Exhibit 5 of the CBA.

Hershey's a little different than other AHL clubs in that they expect winning hockey as well as developing prospects. There was an article that explained their thinking a while ago, IIRC their ideal mix would have a third of team be AHL vets.

Posted by: koalatek | March 10, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the first part but the second part is a stretch. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of teams out there that would love to sign Backs.

Posted by: CapsXXVI

I think richmondphil was referring to the restricted free agency compensation in addition to the monetary compensation to obtain Backstrom. The other team would have to beat Washington's offer AND give up draft picks. Uh and I think it is safe to assume that the Caps will tender a qualifying offer. Of course other teams would like to have Nicky, but at what cost?

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 10, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse


Which article? I'd love to read more about our AHL club. All I know of their philosophy is what I've heard BB say in interviews.


Interesting stats on the Hershey forwards. So it appears that it is a mix of vets and youngins.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 10, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. Looks like I'm misremembering. It's Hershey's Rule of Six. There's a link on Japers, but the article it links to isn't available anymore.

This is the quote from Japers:
"[Former Bears President and GM Frank] Mathers believed in the Rule of 6 — six veterans, six depth players and six prospects — as the basis upon which to build a team. By working with the NHL teams Hershey has been affiliated with since he took over, Yingst has done much the same.

"That was evident with the latest Calder Cup championship, a team that included veterans Giroux, Aucoin, Mink, Helmer, Laing and Arsene; depth players like Bourque, Wilson, Sloan, Kronwall, Reid and Lepisto; prospects like Osala, Neuvirth, Perreault, Bouchard, Alzner and Carlson."

Posted by: koalatek | March 10, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Kugs us a spitting image of Semin, except for being a little shorter.

Posted by: Redskins2Win | March 10, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

koalatek: Thanks, so it appears Hershey isn't just a "farm" team. Obviously it's different in baseball where, say, the Norfolk team can be told who to start and so forth by the Orioles.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Here is 2009, which went up about 12% from 2008:

$994,433 or below - None
$994,433 to $1,506,716 - 3rd round pick
$1,506,716 to $3,013,434 - 2nd round pick
$3,013,434 to $4,520,150 - 1st and 3rd round pick
$4,520,150 to $6,026,867 - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick
$6,026,867 to $7,533,584 - 2 1st round picks, a 2nd and 3rd round pick
$7,533,584 - 4 1st round picks

Now, if it goes up again for 2010, it would take over $8M to have to pay 4 #1's.

I can EASILY see other teams with cap space offering Backstrom just below the top bracket that would be 2 #1's, a #2 and a #3. He could even fit into the third bracket (a #1, 2 and 3) if that bracket increases enough. Surely Backie is worth more than 2 #1's, a #2 and a #3. The #1's wouldn't likely (as 2011 draftees) provide payback until like 2014 and the other picks even longer (if any payback). This would be terrible compensation unless you got lucky and the team ended up with a lottery pick and you got like Taveras.

You've read it from me first, since the start of the season: 11 yrs/$71.5M. Sign him through the length of Ovi's deal.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

To Tom and others:

Hershey is actually a pretty typical AHL team in its mix of veterans and prospects. The parent clubs rarely have enough prospects to make a full roster and so the AHL club fills in with older guys/free agents/career minor leaguers who end up mentoring the kids and, in Hershey's case, teaching that winning attitude.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 10, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

tess: Obviously there's a big difference between hockey and other sports. For BB and football, college football serves as the minor league. For baseball, everyone the team drafts goes into the minor league system (each ML team has 5-6 minor league teams). Now, for hockey, way different, as teams regularly draft players who then remain in Juniors or in Europe. This would be like if football drafted out of high school but the players played college before joining the NHL team. Anyway, Caps have 50 guys under contract or thereabouts. 23 are with the team. The other 27 are scattered all over, only about 1/4 of whom are apparently with Hershey. I didn't realize the percentage in Hershey, of the 50, was so small.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone for the Hershey info. I have much to learn. But I've got the Rule of Six in my head now--thanks koalatek. And I think I understand a little better why Caps prospects that I read about seem to be scattered all over the place and not just with the Bears. I do love hearing about them winning. And SC too. Love the attitude. Gotta get a taste of that winning kind of feeling to keep on winning. It does build confidence.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 10, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse


thanks for your article regarding the Caps penalty kill. I think the following quotes from your article do not speak well for coaching:

Belanger and Corvo, speaking as relative outsiders, said Washington could benefit from putting more pressure on the opposing players and, thus, forcing them to beat the Capitals with deft passes or perfectly placed shots.

"Maybe we can put some more pressure on them and not let them stand around and make passes," Corvo said. "That's what we did in Carolina."

Belanger said, "From what I've seen, we're a little bit more passive here."

Belanger also said he has noticed a lack of confidence among the Capitals' penalty killers.

A little more passive here.....this could be said for Caps D at times, too. The coaches need to address PK and D in general for playoffs or not sure how deep this team goes.

Posted by: doughless | March 10, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

come on tarik! give us something new!

Posted by: brian58 | March 10, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Finally Belanger and Corvo tell it like I have seen the Caps PK for a long time. We sit back and watch, its pathetic. I dont understand why they dont change it up. I hope MB and Corvo dont feel like they are stepping on anyones toes cuz it NEEDS TO BE SAID!

Posted by: Redskins2Win | March 10, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Any word on whether Cooke will be suspended for his hit on Savard? Isn't this taking a long time - the hit happened on Sunday!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 10, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The Pens don't play again till tomorrow night so we should hear something on Cooke getting suspended either today or tomorrow.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 10, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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