Capitals Exercise Option on Charpentier

By Seth Keggins

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Washington, D.C. – The Washington Capitals exercised the 2002-03 season option on goaltender Sebastien Charpentier’s contract on Monday. The announcement came from Vice President and General Manager George McPhee.

Charpentier, 25, appeared in 49 games for the Portland Pirates in 2001-02, earning a 20-18-10 record and a 2.67 goals-against average. Charpentier saw his first NHL action when he started the Capitals’ final two games of 2001-02, recording a 1-1-0 record, a 2.46 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. In his first NHL start April 12, Charpentier made 38 saves in a 3-1 Capitals’ victory at Buffalo and, the following day, made 35 saves in 4-3 overtime loss against New Jersey at MCI Center. Charpentier served as back-up for the Capitals in two February games when Olie Kolzig suffered a knee injury.

The Capitals selected the 5′ 9″, 176-pound native of Drummondville, Quebec as their fourth choice, 93rd overall, in the 1995 draft. In 108 career AHL games, Charpentier has posted a 47-47-14 record and a 2.94 goals-against average. During the 1997-98 season he led Hampton Roads to the East Coast Hockey League championship, recording a 14-4 record, a 1.93 goals-against average and earned ECHL playoff MVP honors.

NOTE: With the option now exercised on Charpentier, will the Capitals try and deal current back-up goaltender Craig Billington, or will Charpentier remain fighing for a starting position in Portland with fellow goaltender Maxime Ouellet.