This Feb. 5, 2010, file photo shows Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, of the Czech Republic, making a play on the puck against the Atlanta Thrashers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth (NOY'-vihrt) to a two-year contract extension worth US$2.3 million.
The Capitals said Wednesday the contract takes effect in 2011-12.
Neuvirth is competing with Semyon Varlamov for the starting job at Capitals training camp.
Neuvirth was 9-4-0 with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 17 games with the Capitals last season.
He has also anchored the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate to back-to-back Calder Cups titles.