We have this theory that once someone puts on a red jersey he is always part of the Washington Capitals family. And when it comes to Free Agency, we are always interested in how our guys are taken care of around the league. So we thought we would give a rundown on who went where and when we might see them again in DC.
We start with Jay Beagle, who is now in the “former Cap” category. He was unable to secure a deal with the Caps and found himself back in home territory with a four-year $3 million contract with the Vancouver Cannucks. He comes to DC Monday 22 October for the first time.
Number two goalie Philipp Grubauer secured a nice deal for himself in Colorado. Feb 7 is the only time we might have a chance to see him play again in DC this season.
Mike Green, defense for the Caps and Hershey Bears from 2005 to 2015 signed a two-year $10,75 extension with the Red Wings. This was good for him. He went through a serious surgery on his neck which cut his season of play short. He did take a pay cut with a average annual rate of $5.375 million; down from $6 million – but worth it to stay put with his wife and son in Detroit. Red Wings are here Nov 23 and Dec 11.
Eric Fehr is on the move again. Fehr signed with the Minnesota Wild for a one-year deal to fill in a gap on the fourth line. He will be back with former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. The Wild are in DC Mar 22.
Matt Hendricks too signed a deal with the Wild franchise – a one-year, $700,000 contract.He was out part of the previous season with an injury while on the Jets roster. He will be back with his former coach BB and he is pretty excited to be playing at home.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) July 10, 2018
Jaroslav Hallak, while not always a Caps fan favorite, did breeze through DC in 2013/14 season. He went on to ultimately play with the Islanders for four seasons but didn’t find a renewal option there. He signed with the Boston Bruins for two years and a $2.75 million average annual value. It’s his fifth team. The Bruins are in DC for the Caps home opener on 3 Oct. They are back Feb 3.
Defenseman Karl Alzner’s season didn’t go so well in Montréal. There was even talk of a buyout, that didn’t happen. And then of course there were his comments about the Caps and the Cup the year after he was released by them.
In other Caps-related news:
Bruce Boudreau, Caps and Hershey Bears and current Minnesota Wild coach took some ribbing from other former Caps coaches Bob Woods and Dean Evason and we were laughing so hard. Some things never change and BB is one of them!
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) July 10, 2018
Former player Joel Ward married girlfriend Katherine (Kittt) on July 8 in a small ceremony in Napa Valley. Congrats!!
Michael Latta led the K-W Alumni training camp in Waterloo. Latts has long supported building youth hockey in the Kitchener community. As part of the camp, Laura and other NHL players Mike Hoffman of the Florida Panthers, Logan Stanley (his cousin) of the Winnipeg Jets visited a children’s center at Grand River Hosptial.
Justin Williams will host his third annual Skills Development Camp in Cobourg on July 23-27. Williams uses the camp as a means to raise funds for needy kids. This year he announced a $5,000 donation for Sick Kids as well as $10,000 donation for Smile Train from this year’s camp.
Our Hockey Camp is very pleased to once again announce our support for Sick Kids by making a $5000.00 donation to the Grace Bowen Tribute Fund. We couldnt be more pleased to continue with this great initiative.
— JW Hockey Camp (@JWHockeyCamp) July 5, 2018
Former Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth married long-time girlfriend, and mother of his daughter Emily, on May 30. It was his second marriage. Karolina is the sister of teammate Radko Gunas.
And of course there are those players who are forever a thorn in the side for the Capitals.
Matt Cullen signed with the Penguins for another year at $650,000. The 41-year old told the press: “It’s a pretty cool opportunity at my age to come back and have a chance at making another run with this team.” Oh Joy! Cullen is always in the face of players and blocking their shots. Lets hope the best is behind him when the Caps and Pens meet again. Caps face the Pens at home Nov 7 and Dec 19.
Golden Knights reportedly agreed to 2-year contract with Ryan Reaves. Remember he’s the guy with the goal that shouldn’t have been, a goal that messed up the Caps ability to sweep the series. And then there is the whole Wilson- Reaves thing… The rivalry game at home is Oct 10.
The LA Kings made a couple substantial deals this summer. First they signed Ilya Kovalchuk to 3-year, $18.75M deal. And then they made a huge commitment to Drew Doughty with an eight-year, $88M extension. This Number 8 always plays a fierce game and is one of the reasons the Caps never seem to win in LA. And they brought back Peter Budaj from the Lightning in a trade for Andy Andreoff. LA is in DC for one game onFeb 11.
And lets not forget the drama on the island in New York that ended like this:
Tavares contract breakdown: Year 1, $650k salary, $15.25M sb; Year 2, $910k salary, $15.25M sb; Year 3, $910k salary, $11.09M sb; Year 4, $910k salary, $8.44M sb; Years 5-7, $910k salary, $7.04M sb in each of those years
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2018
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