The Washington Capitals have announced that they have signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a new 2-year contract extension on Wednesday morning. Neuvirth was set to become a restricted free agent after the 2011 season, but will now be signed on through the 2013 season with a cap hit of $1.15 million in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Neuvirth's current cap hit for the 2011 season is $822,000 on his entry-level contract.
The 22-year old Czech netminder appeared in 17 games for the Capitals in 2010, amassing a 9-4-0 record with no shutouts or assists, giving him 18 points last year. With Jose Theodore out of the picture in Washington, Neuvirth is set to challenge Semyon Varlamov for the number one role on the team and there are plenty of people out there suggesting that Neuvirth could establish himself as the number one guy sooner rather than later. This could definitely put a damper on Varlamov's fantasy value this season and worth considering as more of a gamble.
Unfortunately, at the time of this post, I only have one fantasy guide on me to give an idea of what Neuvirth may do and that's the Dobber's Guide. They have the goaltending tandem in favour of Varlamov this season, but Neuvirth is still projected for 16 wins and 2 shutouts, 36 points in the pool. That sounds reasonable to me.