The Washington Capitals have announced that they have re-signed restricted free agent center/forward Michael Latta to a two year deal worth $1,150,000. His cap hit will be $575,000 each season. The deal is a one-way deal, meaning that he will have to pass waivers to be sent down to Hershey. His salary will not count against the cap, according to reports.
Michael Latta arrived in Washington from the Nashville Predators via the Filip Forsberg trade. Latta played 52 games with the Hershey Bears and 17 games with the Washington Capitals last season. He scored 14 goals and 20 assists while amassing 132 penalty minutes in Hershey. With the Capitals, he scored one goal and had three assists while amassing 12 penalty minutes.
This is a very good deal for the Washington Capitals. Michael Latta could easily contribute as the 4th line center this year, and has the potential to be a very good checking line center next year. Latta should be an important member of the penalty kill, as he was very good killing penalties in Hershey. Latta is a very physical player who prides himself in his defense.
Latta is cheaper than Jay Beagle and is probably a better player than him right now. Could this mean the end of Beagle’s tenure in Washington? With Latta signed, the Washington Capitals still have two RFAs who they offered offer sheets too: Nate Schmidt and Cameron Schilling.
After signing his contract, Michael Latta, being the Twitter enthusiast that he is, tweeted this:
that was quick, thanks for all the support from the fans. Pumped to be back in Washington. Rock the red.. Not bc it’s canada day either
— Michael Latta (@Latta17) July 1, 2014