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Milan Jurcina re-signs with Washington Capitals after arbitration

ARLINGTON, Va. - Defenceman Milan Jurcina has re-signed with the Washington Capitals after being awarded a US$1.375-million, one-year contract through arbitration.

The deal was announced on Friday.

Jurcina played in 79 games last season, leading all Capitals defencemen. He had three goals, a career-high 11 assists and led the team with 131 blocked shots, earning him a raise from his $912,000 salary for 2008-09.

The 26-year-old Slovak was acquired by the Capitals from the Boston Bruins in 2007.

He has played in 275 NHL games - 184 with Washington - and has 14 career goals with 32 assists.

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