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Poti Signs With Caps

The Caps have made their opening move in free agency, signing defenseman Tom Poti to a reported four year deal worth $3.5 million.

Another signing could be on its way, I'm told. So stay tuned.

Poti, 30, seems to be a solid pickup by McPhee. He's big, moves the puck well, owns a hard slap shot and can quarterback the power play, which, of course, was one of the Caps' many weaknesses last season.

He's not the elite No. 1 defenseman the Caps desperately need, but he's definitely an improvement. He's also the type of player McPhee likes to sign: already in his prime, with the potential for getting better.

I just found this article from last year about Poti, who has severe food allergies and how playing hockey may have helped save him from health problems. Check it out here.

With Poti in the fold, here's how I see the D shaking out:


and then Green, Schultz, Eminger, Erskine, Boumedienne and Alzner fighing for the remaining spots. I know Alzner probably isn't going to be in Washington next season, but he's going to get a shot to earn a spot in camp.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2007; 2:34 PM ET
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