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Caps sign winger Brian Willsie

The Caps made a depth signing today, inking veteran winger Brian Willsie to a one-year, two-way contract.

It will be Willsie's second stint in Washington. The 32-year-old had 19 goals and 22 assists in 82 games with the Caps in 2005-06. His production dropped off the next two seasons with the Kings, then he bounced back and fourth between the NHL and AHL in the Colorado organization the past two seasons.

Willsie is expected to start next season in Hershey.

The Ontario native, by the way, was Alex Ovechkin's first road roommate.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 14, 2010; 4:01 PM ET
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Welcome Back Brian Willsie!!

Posted by: j3rockstar | July 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back to the Caps AND welcome back to Hershey!

Posted by: shadowlurker1121 | July 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Willsie better be in Hershey we got enough guys to play wing. That being said its a good move for Hershey.

Posted by: caps512 | July 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Who next, Clymer?

Posted by: oo7 | July 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

always liked Willsie but please no Doig or KIWI

Posted by: callejo1 | July 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

We want James Black back!

Posted by: flee001 | July 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mja712 | July 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say Jason Doig????


Posted by: j3rockstar | July 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

i can deal with this....always liked willsie

Posted by: _stevo | July 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Got to keep the farm restocked too!

Posted by: cwiseman | July 14, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Seriously what about Jeff Halpern? I think he'd be a decent 2nd/3rd line center.

Posted by: jake81 | July 14, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Do the other players call him "Willsiesie"?

Posted by: Scruffy3 | July 14, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

jake81 -

We're holding out for Jason Allison. :)

Posted by: j3rockstar | July 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I still refuse to drink the "GMGM Sucks" Kool-Aid® dispensed by so many on this board.

I confess that I have not been a lifelong hockey fan, having moved to DC in the late 1980's (and became a Caps' fan quickly thereafter).

That said, I have been studying the game pretty hard since, but the only reaction I can muster to this lastest signing is....


Posted by: Rhino40 | July 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

he is a great AHL player and could be a good role model to some of the kids in hersey

Posted by: callejo1 | July 14, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"We're getting the band back together!" I'm sure Majesky is available. He'll be that tough, stay at home D we need. And Mathieu Biron has size and reach. Klepis will a Top 6 forward. Kris Beech has finally turned the corner...

Posted by: TempusFugitRGV1 | July 14, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Sweet...there is the big FA signing we all have been waiting for!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 14, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

OHHHH, did someone say Kool-Aid?! Can I have some?!?! I'm starting to run low on my Hater-Aid!

Posted by: gratefuldid | July 14, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Now that our offense has been completed, I wanna recommend Jamie Heward, Mathew Biron, and Bryan Miur for our top 4 defenseman.

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | July 14, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: The850 | July 14, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I seriously thought Brian Wilsie had retired.
But at least we now have our new 2nd line center. He'll give Flash a run for his money!

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 14, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

the former Caps/Bears property that we should bring back as a quality depth forward is Matt Hendricks. Some smart team will sign him up real soon.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 14, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I needs me some Todd Krygier.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | July 14, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Krygs!!! Go Huskies! I always thought his younger brother Brian was actually better; great hockey sense and great playmaker, poor kid got sick and never really got a chance. Todd Krygier, wow - blast from the past.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | July 14, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

anyone remember jeff toms..he's got good size and speed.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 14, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

i remember todd krygier once got scratched for a few games. I had a free tkt to a game so I went to the Caps center and couldn't believe he was back in the lineup. He was not one of my favorite players. Anyway, I think on his very first shift that game a few minutes in he pulled a very unKrygier-like move and just blasted a Penguins defenseman headfirst into the boards on the forecheck. Got 5 and a gamer. Scotty Bowman after the game made a very informed comment. He was complaining about all the clutching and grabbing the Caps players were doing and said that the NHL will definitely get rid of that in the future but that the current crop of Pens had to live with it for the time being.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 14, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Actually not too surprised to hear he drilled a guy from behind into the boards; he definitely had a nasty edge if he felt provoked [and if he'd already been a scratch for a few I'm sure he did!].

Actually have to split but do have a funny Kreiger story.

P.S. Damn, Bowman was pretty prescient.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | July 14, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned Jeff Halpern...nice! I'm still for a vet Center, whehter Belanger or someone else, to go along with Perrault or Johannson.

Is Willsie a prelude to a Semin trade? Not nearly the same kind of production, but certainly a reason to add vet winger depth.

Posted by: mcgratsp | July 14, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The Cup is OURS

Posted by: Mike4169 | July 14, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

If you are gonna bring back Halpern, you have to dig up Ulfie and Kono.

That line has a very special place in my heart.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | July 14, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This is just a signing to give some NHL experience to the Bears.

I went to the development scrimage today and the new Russian first rounder was the best player out there. Two goals and an assist and several good defensive plays. The guy who also caught my eye was Stefan Della Rovere. He seemed to be hitting everything that moved. Finley laid out Zach Miskovic and hurt him but it looked like a clean hit. Finley reminded me a lot of Gil. Tall but slower then anyone else on the ice. Also I was real impressed with the new German goalie we got in the draft. He played two solid periods and made several great saves.

Posted by: icehammer97 | July 14, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Hershey doesn't need help! WE DO!!!!!

Posted by: CF11555 | July 14, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Hershey may not need help, but if the Caps need help and take guys from Hershey, well, then Hershey won't be able to help too much. People can cry about these signings for the Bears, but remember, the Bears are very important to the Caps future success. If you don't stock the farm, you won't have good results.

I saw people complain about the Sabourin signing, but without him, Holtby would be the ONLY goalie there because of Bacashihua leaving, unless the German goalie the Caps just drafted is able to play in Hershey (not sure if he is in the same situation that Della Rovere was in). The other two guys the Caps signed recently, Greentree and Fahey will fill the gaps left by Giroux and Alzner or Carlson. The Bears themselves just signed Nycholat, who would fill the other D spot vacated by Alzner and Carlson. Willsie will fill a spot as well. Some guys may not be returning next season anyway. Who knows how empty South Carolina is as well.

It's not like the Caps are signing guys for Hershey just for the heck of it.

Posted by: shadowlurker1121 | July 14, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

But what if we could get The Doiger for cheap?

The. Doiger.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | July 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

rico fata?

Posted by: gocaps01 | July 14, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

two words: IVAN. CIERNIK

Posted by: iastdon | July 14, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

omg yes! lets bring back ivan ciernik. i remember him, he actually had flashes of brilliance, but as i just said, he was just flashes. he made a few great plays but overall he was ok of a player. i want him back though, and im ok with jason doig back, except that time in 2004....right before the lockout.tampa bay vs caps. never mind. none of us needs to be reminded of that.

Posted by: samrosen8 | July 15, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

i get that. im just saying we need to help washington too. i'm not saying we shouldn't take care of hershey.

i'm just tired of this organization stacking hershey, getting calder cups, and somehow it not translating to DC success bc we drink too much kool-aid at the NHL level....

Posted by: CF11555 | July 15, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

This is a two-way deal. Naming random people from the past who were on bad one-way deals has no bearing.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 15, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget about Reggie Savage and Robin Bawa!

Posted by: stwasm | July 15, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Chris Simon is in town still living out in Ashburn area bring the big guy back.

Posted by: callejo1 | July 15, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Chris Simon is in town still living out in Ashburn area bring the big guy back.

Posted by: callejo1 | July 15, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Simon was always a great teammate and rough customer - he was great when the Avs put him with Peter Forsberg, gave Foppa a ton of time and space and Simon would just crash the crease and wait for the feed - but it seemed like something happened somewhere and he kinda snapped. I can't imagine it's an easy life being a tough guy in the NHL, with a hundred other ruffians trying to take your spot.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | July 15, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Ulf Ulf and awaaaay!! Loved Dahlen. If McPhee does not want Marty Turco, I'm sure we could scrape up Clint Malarchuk,Don Beaupre or Jim Hrivnak.

Posted by: gerse | July 15, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: doughless | July 15, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Back and *fourth*??? Sweet baby Jebus, Tarik!

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | July 15, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Petr Sykora anybody? No, not that Petr Sykora, the other one!

Posted by: Terptwin | July 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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