Tom Poti was supposed to play out the 2010-11 season in the final year of his contract. That is, until the Capitals decided they wanted him here for longer.
The team announced they have re-signed the 33-year old Poti to a two-year contract extension, confirming a report by Bob McKenzie of TSN. Poti will reportedly make $3 million in 2011-12 and $2.75 million in 2012-13, both less than the $3.5 million he is scheduled to make this season.
Poti talked to the media after today's practice. He said that he took less money to play for a Stanley Cup contender, adding that he hopes to win even more than one Stanley Cup. He also said that while he has played during a contract year before, he likes that he was able to get these talks out of the way right away.
Coach Bruce Boudreau did not know about the news until a media member informed him. "Things happened quick," he joked.
"Tom Poti is a heck of a defensive player and a quality character person, so I'm happy for us," he added.