The Capitals announced the signing of unrestricted free agent forward Chris Bourque to a 1-year, 2-way contract. The contract will pay Bourque $525,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the AHL. Bourque, 25, returns to North America after spending last season split between the KHL and the Swiss League.
Standing 5'7, 175 lbs, Bourque is an energetic, physical player who is sound defensively. The son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, Chris grew up around the Boston Bruins in the 1990s and attended Boston University in 2004. He was drafted by the Capitals with the 33rd overall pick in 2004 and turned pro at the end of the next season with the AHL Portland Pirates.
Bourque has suited up for 33 NHL games, 13 with the Caps, posting 1 goal and 4 points. He sports nearly a point-per-game average in the AHL (302 points in 325 games) and will likely line up next to #1 center Keith Aucoin in Hershey next season. He has also racked up 60 points in 68 playoff games en route to 3 championships with the Bears, including winning the MVP award in 2010 with 27 points in 21 playoff games.
Expect to see Bourque in DC for a few games next season.