November 17, 2019

Washington Capitals add energy to fourth line with addition of Joey Crabb

The Washington Capitals introduced right wing Joey Crabb, signed Sunday to a one-year contract (reportedly worth $950,000), to the media Monday afternoon on a conference call. Crabb came as advertised: a no-nonsense, hard-working good guy that got his NHL break a little later in his career than most. If that analogy sounds a bit like a couple of guys already on the roster that Caps fans are more familiar with, that probably isn’t by accident.

It’s entirely likely Crabb starts off as the right wing on the Caps’ fourth line alongside Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle, two other no-nonsense, hard-working good guys who also waited patiently for their chances.

Crabb made his NHL debut in ’08-’09 at age 25 after growing up in Alaska, attending the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, spending four years at Colorado College, being a seventh round draft pick of the New York Rangers, bouncing around from AHL Chicago to the Atlanta Thrashers then back to the AHL with the Toronto Marlies, all before earning his chance to be an everyday player for the Maple Leafs last season, when he recorded 11 goals and 15 assists in 67 games with the out-of-playoff Leafs.

In parts of three NHL seasons, Crabb has totaled 18 goals, 32 assists and 85 penalty minutes in 144 games with Toronto and Atlanta.

Crabb spoke Monday about his path to the NHL, his new team, and what he hopes to bring to the Caps this season.

On his path to the NHL: “You always just got to keep a strong work ethic and keep working hard. I was always confident in my game and confident I could play in the NHL and obviously, I would have liked there to get there a little earlier with a couple different turns and a couple different situations I might have been. But I think it’s made me a bit of a stronger person. It’s helped mentally.”

On joining the Caps: “I’m just excited for a chance to win some games. I’m just excited to get in there and get on a team with a real good chance to win and high expectations for them. I haven’t really played on teams in the past that have had this high of expectations for winning and it’s going to be fun to be playing for a team like that.”

On the skills he brings to D.C.: “I’m more of an energy guy. I play a two-way game. I like to take the body and create energy and get in on the forecheck. I have some offensive skills a little bit, too. I can chip in here and there.”

On why he chose the Caps: “I talked to a handful of teams trying to work out a deal and [the Caps] came up with one. One of the important factors for me was that they’re obviously a contender and they’re a good team. It seems like a good fit. I’m just excited for a chance to win some games.”

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Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Capitals coverage on Twitter @CapitalsDSP.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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