UPDATE 7:11 PM:
Kevin Allen of USA Today reports the Stralman deal is for two years and $3.4 million.
- That contract is a bargain for this reason: look at the other contracts given out to other “offensive” defenseman i.e. Dennis Wideman, Sheldon Souray this summer. No, Stralman won’t be putting up 45 points next season. But 25-30 points isn’t out of the question. And at a $1.7 million cap hit, that’s a reasonable bang for your buck. It’s a solid signing. Next up: Michael Del Zotto.
UPDATE 5:05 PM:
According to Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports, Anton Stralman and the Rangers have come to terms on a two-year deal, avoiding their July 31 arbitration date. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
Chip Alexander of the News & Observer, along with several other outlets, are reporting that former Capital and free-agent winger Alex Semin has signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
“I talked with him today and he’s very excited about the opportunity,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “I’d like to think it will be a good fit for both sides and will end up being a long-term thing.”
- It’s a good deal for both sides. Semin gets a chance to re-establish himself as one of the NHL’s best snipers and look towards a long-term deal next summer. The Canes add a top-six winger at a very low risk (one year). Caps/Canes games will be intruging to watch next season.
Meanwhile in Ranger land, prospect goalie Cam Talbot has signed a one-year, $550k contract with the Rangers according to CapGeek. Talbot, 25, finished last season with the Connecticut Whale 14-15-1 with a 2.61 GAA and .913 sv %.
- Have to be honest, I figured Talbot would look elsewhere. The chance of him moving up with the Rangers is very bleak. Another year in Connecticut for Cameron it is.
Carl Hagelin, obviously feeling loose and limber, decided to lace ’em up today and begin prepping for next season. The results weren’t kind to the young Swede.
Just finished skating for the first time since the season ended and I had a rough go…
— Carl Hagelin (@CarlHagelin) July 26, 2012
- I find it hard to believe the 2012 fastest skater at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition had a bad day of skating. He’s losing his touch, folks. Should’ve been in the trade for Nash (I kid, of course).