There have been lots to talk about in the NHL over the past few weeks, so let’s take a look at some noteworthy contract signings that have gone down!
The Stanley Cup Champions finalized a deal with John Carlson. The Washington Capitals have locked the defenseman down with an 8 year/ 64 million dollar contract. Carlson finished the 2017-18 season with a career high of 15 goals and 53 assists. This solidified his status as the highest scoring defenseman in the regular season and playoffs. Carlson has been with the Capitals for his entire NHL career, since they chose him 8th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft.
Adam Henrique signed a 5 year extension with the Anaheim Ducks this week. He stands to make 29.1 million over the course of the contract. Henrique has been thriving with the team since he was traded from the New Jersey Devils in November of this year, gathering 20 goals and 16 assists in just 57 games.
Forward Mike Hoffman had an unsteady off season, after what you might call a PR nightmare with cyberbullying, which resulted in him being traded twice. Hoffman ended the regular season with the Ottawa Senators, from there he was traded to the San Jose Sharks, and ultimately he landed with the Florida Panthers. He had 56 points overall last season, and it’ll be interesting to see how he fits with his new team.
The Pittsburgh Penguins inked deals with 2 much needed defensemen when they signed both Jack Johnson and Jamie Oleksiak. Oleksiak re-signed with the team for 3 years and is set to earn just over 2 million a year. The “Big Rig” was acquired from the Dallas Stars in December, and he delivered 4 goals and 10 assists in 47 regular season games. He was the only Penguin to file for arbitration, although the hearing ultimately wasn’t necessary. Johnson was brought over from the Columbus Blue Jackets, and arguably is coming off his worst season yet. He only put up 3 goals and 8 assists, and was deemed a healthy scratch in every playoff game Columbus played against Washington in the playoffs.
Marc-Andre Fleury bagged a 3 year expansion deal with the Vegas Golden Knights worth 21 million dollars. The explosive goaltender helped the newly minted team shatter expectations when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, and boasted a .927 save percentage.
Nashville locked up their backup goaltender when they re-signed Juuse Saros for a 3-year deal garnering him 1.5 million a year. Saros had 3 shutouts with the Predators and a save percentage of .925, which gave him some impressive boasting rights.
The Oilers finalized a 3 year, entry level contract with their draft pick. Evan Bouchard racked up 25 goals and 62 assists during his 2017-18 season in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights. He was chosen 10th overall in the NHL draft by Edmonton.
Speaking of the draft, it’s only fitting to close this conversation ends with a mention of the number one overall draft pick from this year’s draft- Rasmus Dahlin. The young defenseman was snatched up by the Buffalo Sabres, who have offered him a 3 year entry level contract. The terms of the contract were not officially announced but I would think it’s safe to assume he was offered the max, putting him at 3.775 million per year. That pretty much speaks for itself when it comes to this kid. I certainly can’t wait to see what he can produce in the NHL.