Joe Sacco

Date of Last Contract:June 27, 2000

Signed Through: 2002-2003 Season



Capitals Re-Sign Right Wing Sacco

Dave Fay
The Washington Times
Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Joe Sacco, the utility wing who played both sides everywhere from the first to the fourth lines, was signed to a two-year contract yesterday with an option by the Washington Capitals. He will be paid $625,000 for the first two years, $650,000 if the club exercises the option.

Sacco missed two games with a bruised leg and one with the flu but otherwise was among the most dependable players on the team last season. He had seven goals and 23 points and was used mostly in a defensive role.

"He is a player who was eager to play here and those who are will be re-signed," said general manager said George McPhee. "He proved to be an excellent penalty-killer and was a big part of the team, filling a vital role."

The native of Medford, Mass., was drafted by Toronto in 1990 and also played for Anaheim and the New York Islanders before joining the Caps last season.

The pace of signings might pick up in the next few days. The signing of Sacco leaves the Caps with six potential unrestricted free agents. McPhee must make qualifying offers to his five potential restricted free agents by Friday to retain their rights while his remaining six unrestricted free agents can legally begin negotiating with other teams Saturday.