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Caps sign Kane, get Muir from Kings

The Washington Capitals, parent club of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed free-agent left wing Boyd Kane.

Last season Kane served as captain for the Calder Cup champion Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. He totaled nine goals, 15 assists (24 points) and 112 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Phantoms in 2004-05.

In 401 career AHL games with Philadelphia, Springfield and Hartford, Kane has totaled 68 goals and 103 assists for 171 points, along with 716 PIM.

Kane made his NHL debut with Philadelphia in 2003-04, skating in seven games.

The 27-year-old native of Swift Current, Sask., was originally chosen 72nd overall (third round) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft but did not sign. He went back into the draft and was selected 114th overall (fourth round) by the New York Rangers in the 1998 draft.

Bryan Muir was a First Team AHL All-Star playing for Bruce Boudreau in 2003-04.

The Capitals on Friday also acquired defenseman Bryan Muir from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations.

Muir, who played for new Bears head coach Bruce Boudreau in Manchester in 2003-04, has compiled 52 goals and 110 assists for 162 points in 350 career AHL games, including parts of three seasons in Hershey from 2000-03.

He was voted a First Team AHL All-Star in 2004 and appeared in that year’s AHL All-Star Classic in Grand Rapids.

Muir, 32, was a member of Colorado’s Stanley Cup championship team in 2001, and reached the Calder Cup Finals with Hamilton in 1997. He has appeared in 181 career NHL games.