By Peter Stastny The Caps have yet to play a single game without backup goaltender Marcus Johansson.
The NHL announced Tuesday that the team has signed Johansson to a two-year, $4.8 million contract extension.
The Capitals will have six netminders on the roster through the end of the 2019-20 season.
The team will use a mix of the young and veteran netmindors to start each of those six games.
Johansson has appeared in four games this season and has not recorded a point.
Johansson is the first Caps goaltender to appear in the NHL All-Star Game since the team’s inaugural season in 1996-97.
He was also the starting goalie for the 1994 and 1996 World Championships.
He joined the Caps in the offseason after serving as a backup in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Johanson made his NHL debut against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
The Caps lost to the Devils 3-2.
Johanson has made five starts this season, but has only recorded a save percentage of .902 (19-38-11).
He has allowed three goals and 10 shots on goal in those games.
The 29-year-old has played in every NHL game for five seasons.