Vanecek signed a three-year extension worth $2.15 million with the Capitals on Monday, Brian McNally of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Vanecek has yet to make his NHL debut but had a solid 2018-19 season with AHL Hershey, recording a 2.62 GAA and .907 save percentage. The 23-year-old is pretty far down the organizational depth chart and will likely stick around the AHL level for most of next season as well.
Vanecek was given a qualifying offer on Tuesday.
Vanecek posted a 2.62 GAA and .907 save percentage in 38 starts with AHL Hershey as part of a tandem with top prospect Ilya Samsonov during the 2018-19 season. The 23-year-old netminder is expected to be in a similar arrangement for 2019-20.
The Capitals reassigned Vanecek to AHL Hershey on Friday.
Teams generally carry three goaltenders on their rosters during the postseason, so although Vanecek will head to the minors for now, it wouldn't be surprising to see him back with the big club sooner rather than later.
Vanecek was recalled from AHL Hershey on Sunday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
In a corresponding move, the Capitals also reassigned Ilya Samsonov to AHL Hershey. The two goalies had been splitting time for the Bears, and now it seems that Samsonov will help them through their playoff run while Vanecek bolsters Washington's depth in the crease. Over 38 appearances in the minors, the 23-year-old currently holds a 21-10-6 record while posting a 2.62 GAA and .907 save percentage.
Vanecek stopped three of four shots in relief of Pheonix Copley during Thursday's 5-2 preseason loss to Montreal.
Copley surrendered four goals on 24 shots before Vanecek entered. Vanecek remains entrenched as the No. 4 option on Washington's goaltending depth chart, and there's not much he can do to alter that standing this preseason.
Vanecek stopped all 12 shots faced during Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Bruins.
Vanecek came on in relief of Pheonix Copley late in the game and was credited with the loss. Firmly entrenched as the No. 4 goalie in the Capitals organization, Vanecek's fantasy value is strictly confined to dynasty leagues at the moment -- and even then, he'll likely need a move to another team for the opportunity to prove himself. The 22-year-old Czech is expected to spend 2018-19 with AHL Hershey, sharing time with Ilya Samsonov.
Vanecek did not practice Tuesday after sustaining a lower-body injury, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
The injury announcement comes on the heels of Vanecek's poor performance in Washington's preseason loss to New Jersey on Monday night. The young Czech is considered day-to-day at this juncture.
Vanecek allowed three goals on 17 shots in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Devils.
The 21-year-old netminder will hope to perform better during his next preseason action as he readies for what is likely to be a full workload with AHL Hershey, given that Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer are firmly entrenched ahead of him on the depth chart.
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