Veteran center Nic Dowd did enough so far in the 2021-22 NHL season to extend his stay with the Washington Capitals for years to come. Three, to be exact.
The Capitals made an official announcement on Sunday to confirm that Dowd inked a new three-year extension with the franchise. The 31-year-old got a healthy raise and will earn $1.3 million through 2024-25. He is currently playing on a $750,000 salary.
Speaking with reporters after the news out, Dowd said the Capitals are “a great spot to play” and explained that he feels at home with the organization. Another major reason for his decision was the uncertainty of the free agency in recent years.
“Free agency hasn’t been as friendly in the last couple of years to a lot of people,” Dowd added. “You see, some guys that don’t sign big deals, and that kind of surprises you, so I think the risk assessment was the biggest [part of the] decision-making process.”
Nic Dowd previously also played with the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks. He arrived in Washington as a free agent ahead of the 2018-19 NHL season. Dowd’s career stats include 35 goals and 43 assists for a total of 78 points in 307 NHL career games.