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Scott Lowe The Hockey Writers

Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2015





Caps Sign Pens’ UFA Taylor Chorney

The Washington Capitals have signed Pittsburgh Penguins unrestricted free agent Taylor Chorney, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. McKenzie says that the contract is a one-year, one-way deal for $700,000.

Capitals UFA signing Taylor Chorney will compete for third-pairing minutes with Nate Schmidt  (Tom Turk/The Hockey Writers)

Nate Schmidt will compete for third-pairing minutes with UFA signing Taylor Chorney (Tom Turk/The Hockey Writers)

Chorney likely will enter training camp as the seventh defenseman on the Washington depth chart and should compete for playing time with Nate Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov. The 28-year-old appeared in seven regular-season and five postseason games for the Penguins last season, bringing his career total of NHL regular-season appearances to 68.

He did not record a point and was a minus-1 during the season and also did not score while picking up two penalty minutes in the playoffs. Chorney appeared in 62 AHL games last year for Wilkes Barre/Scranton, notching four goals, 15 assists and 42 PIMs to go along with a sparkling plus-26. In six AHL playoff games he recorded a goal and an assist.

Prior to his stint in the Pens’ organization, Chorney played parts of five NHL seasons with Edmonton and St. Louis. He appeared in a career-best 42 games posting three assists, 12 PIMs and a minus-21 in 2009-10 for Edmonton. Since then he has not appeared in more than 12 NHL games in a season, and his career NHL numbers are 1-6-7 with 16 PIMS in 68 appearances.


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