NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2018
Capitals re-sign Carlson, Senators re-sign Wideman, a couple of minor trades and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC WASHINGTON: The Capitals yesterday re-signed defenseman John Carlson to an eight-year deal reportedly worth an annual average value of $8 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. The Capitals couldn’t afford to lose their best defenseman, Their trade of blueliner Brooks Orpik and his $5.5-million cap hit to Colorado on Friday was done specifically to clear sufficient salary-cap space for Carlson’s new contract. The deal is comparable to the reported eight-year, $8.25-million AAV deal agreed upon between the Arizona Coyotes and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Carlson would’ve been the best defenseman in this summer’s unrestricted free agent market and would’ve attracted lucrative offers. The extra year from the Capitals and the opportunity to stay with the Stanley Cup champions were obviously attractive options for him.
With Carlson signed, Cap Friendly indicates the Capitals have over $66.2 million invested in 16 players. leaving around $13 million to re-sign free agents such as Michal Kempny, Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly and Jay Beagle.
TSN: The Ottawa Senators re-signed defenseman Chris Wideman to a one-year, $1-million contract.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Nikita Soshnikov to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800k.
THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings placed defenseman Xavier Ouellet on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year ($1.3-million AAV) of his contract.
MLIVE.COM: The Wings also traded defenseman Robbie Russo to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019.