Capitals sign Cassivi, Wiseman, Giroux

The Washington Capitals, parent club of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, on Thursday announced the re-signing of goaltender Frederic Cassivi.

As per club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

“Number one priority for the Bears this summer was signing Frederic, and today that priority came to fruition,” said Hershey president and general manager Doug Yingst.

Cassivi led the Bears to their ninth Calder Cup championship in 2006, and won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs. He led the AHL in victories during the regular season, posting a mark of 34-19-6 in 61 appearances, then tied a league record with 16 playoff wins.

“This is the place I call home and for me there isn’t any other place I would rather play outside of the NHL,” said Cassivi. “The fan support in Hershey has always been terrific and they took it to the next level during the playoffs to help bring the Calder Cup home. This organization has a commitment to winning that I want to carry on.”

One of 13 goaltenders in AHL history to appear in 400 regular-season matches, Cassivi owns a career record of 190-160-38 in 416 games with Hershey, Cincinnati, Chicago, Worcester, Syracuse and P.E.I. The 31-year-old native of Sorel, Que., also has played nine career NHL games (3-5-0), including one with Washington last season.

The Capitals also announced on Friday that they have signed forwards Chad Wiseman and Alexandre Giroux.

Wiseman and Giroux were teammates the last two seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack. In 2005-06, Wiseman skated in 69 games, establishing career highs with 36 assists and 55 points; Giroux played 73 games, and set career benchmarks with 36 goals and 67 points.

In five AHL seasons with Hartford and Cleveland, Wiseman has totaled 99 goals and 143 assists for 242 points in 344 regular-season games. He played in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2004.

The 25-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., has also appeared in nine NHL games with San Jose and the N.Y. Rangers, recording one goal and one assist.

Giroux, 25, has appeared in 363 AHL games with Hartford, Binghamton and Grand Rapids, recording 123 goals and 111 assists for 234 points. He has shown an increase in goals and points in each of his five AHL seasons.

Giroux, a Quebec City native, was originally drafted by Ottawa in 1999. He made his NHL debut last season with the Rangers, playing one game.