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Capitals sign Clackson

The Washington Capitals, parent club of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed forward Matt Clackson to a one-year contract.

Clackson will earn $525,000 at the NHL level and $75,000 at the AHL level.

Clackson, 27, recorded one goal, one assist and 193 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season. Clackson finished first on Chicago and eighth in the AHL in penalty minutes in 2011-12.

The 6-foot, 190-pound forward has collected seven goals, 14 assists and 767 penalty minutes in 247 career AHL games with Chicago and Adirondack/Philadelphia.

The Saskatoon, Sask., native was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the seventh round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. His father, Kim Clackson, played in 106 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Quebec from 1979-81.