Strome, who was free to signal with any crew after Chicago determined to not situation him a qualifying provide, was caught a bit off guard that the Blackhawks didn’t need him again. However he welcomes the contemporary begin in Washington.
“It was a loopy couple of days,” he stated Tuesday throughout a video convention name with reporters. “… I’m very excited and really lucky crew like Washington reached out, and I couldn’t be happier to get began.”
Strome, who primarily performed on a line with Patrick Kane (92 factors) and Alex DeBrincat (41 objectives) final season, posted a career-high 22 objectives and added 26 assists. A pure heart who can also play the wing, Strome is in place to be the second-line heart in Washington as a result of Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss significant time after hip resurfacing surgical procedure.
“I like to supply offense, like to assist on the ability play, wherever which may be. … I feel that’s the place I’m at my finest: making an attempt to feed my wingers,” Strome stated. “I feel I performed with a number of very, superb wingers in my time in Chicago. And I’m positive I’ll play with some superb ones as nicely in Washington. So I’m wanting ahead to that.”
Strome will likely be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent when this contract ends.
“It’s been a very long time since I began on a brand new crew with all new faces proper firstly of the season,” he stated. “In all probability have to return to my first yr of junior as a result of I really feel like whenever you get drafted you form of know the blokes that you just’re at camp with and also you performed with a few of them earlier than — and now it’s completely completely different.”
Strome has performed with a lot of the Capitals’ new additions. He was teammates with ahead Connor Brown within the Ontario Hockey League, goaltender Darcy Kuemper on the Arizona Coyotes and defenseman Erik Gustafsson and ahead Henrik Borgstrom in Chicago. Strome stated winger Tom Wilson, whom he is aware of from rising up within the Toronto space, phoned to welcome him to the District.
Brown is a key addition to the lineup on the wing. With Wilson sidelined till no less than late November as he recovers from a torn ACL, the Capitals wanted one other right-handed shot who can play up and down the lineup. Brown was their answer.
The Capitals acquired him from the Ottawa Senators for a 2024 second-round pick. He has a yr left on his contract, with a $three.6 million wage cap hit, earlier than he turns into an unrestricted free agent. Brown stated Tuesday that he had a sense he was going to be traded however he didn’t know Washington can be an choice.
“It was a shock at first, however as soon as it settled in I’m simply so excited,” he stated. “I feel my sport will slot in nicely right here.”
The 28-year-old, a robust penalty killer, had 10 objectives and 29 assists in 64 video games final season.
“I’m this yr like a possibility to win,” Brown stated. “I’m trying to get again within the playoffs. I need to play some significant hockey. Greater than something, I’m making an attempt to not focus too internally about what my future holds and simply attempt to do no matter I can to assist the crew win.”