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2011 NHL Free Agency: Capitals Sign Chris Bourque To One-Year Deal

The Washington Capitals have announced another addition to their team, inking left wing Chris Bourque to a one-year deal. George McPhee took time away from celebrating his birthday to let us know:

The Washington Capitals have signed free agent left wing Chris Bourque to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bourque was actually the second round pick of the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (33rd overall). He has had an extremely successful minor league career, winning Calder Cups in 2006, 2009 and 2010 with the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears. The 25-year-old was playoff MVP in the 2010 championship season, scoring 27 points in 21 playoff games. He has an equally impressive 60 points (15 goals, 45 assists) in 68 career postseason AHL games with Hershey.

Bourque spent last season playing overseas, in both the Swiss-A league and Semyon Varlamov's favorite league, the KHL.

For more on Bourque and the Capitals, visit Japers Rink.