The Pittsburgh Penguins will have another chance to sign the 19-year-old son of the former New York Rangers’ Ben McAdoo.
The Penguins and the Washington Capitals have a tentative agreement to sign Lovejoy as a free agent, league sources told NHL.com on Wednesday.
Lovejoy, who played four seasons with the Rangers, is expected to sign a two-year deal worth $4.75 million per season with the Penguins, according to two sources.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is not public.
Pittsburgh has not yet determined a contract for McAdore.
The former New Jersey Devils captain, who has played in 11 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is not expected to be on the roster next season.
He was a member of the New York Islanders last season.
He is a big-bodied defenseman with speed and is a skilled skater with the puck.
He is a tough, physical guy and can score goals.
The Penguins are hopeful that McAdored will be able to make a splash as a player on the American Hockey League (AHL) free-agent market next season, as he has the size and skill set to play in the league.
The deal is expected for next week, according with the sources.
Pittsylvania native Lovejoy (6-0, 183) played for the Capitals in the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs in the 2015-16 season, scoring three goals and four assists in 17 games.