The Washington Capitals have extended the contract of defenseman John Erskine on Monday afternoon, according to a post on the team's official twitter account.
Erskine was playing in the final year of a two-year, $3 million contract, which carried an annual average value of $1.5 million. Instead of becoming an unrestricted-free agent at the conclusion of the season, Erskine has agreed to a two-year deal with the Capitals, which will carry an AAV of $1.95 million. The new deal will pay Erskine $1.9 million in the first year and $2 million in the second year.
The contract will end at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
Originally chosen with the No. 39 overall selection in the 1998 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars, Erskine signed with the Capitals as a free agent in 2006. In 424 career regular season games in the NHL, Erskine has compiled 11 goals, 33 assists, 44 points and 775 penalty minutes.