Jets acquire Stastny; Capitals agree to sign Lundqvist
Center Paul Stastny returns to the Winnipeg Jets after a deal with the Vegas Golden Knights. That move was completed just before the NHL contract signed on Friday.
And it wasn't long before the expected goalkeeper confusion set in once the free agency opened.
A person with direct knowledge of the move told The Associated Press that Henrik Lundqvist signed a one-year deal with Washington two weeks after the New York Rangers bought his contract. The Minnesota Wild quickly responded to their goalkeeping needs after they sold Devan Dubnyk to San Jose and signed Cam Talbot, who signed a three-year deal for $ 11 million, according to a second person aware of the move.
People spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements had not been announced.
The Golden Knights acquired defenseman Carl Dahlstrom and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2022 when they negotiated the 14th striker in a trade for $ 81.5 million. The upper limit remains unchanged from the previous year due to sales losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. This creates some uncertainty about how much money teams can spend on improving their rosters this off-season.
In a reversal from two years ago, the Jets had little wiggle room below the salary cap and couldn't re-sign Stastny after being outbid by the Golden Knights. This time the Golden Knights made the trade in part to free space under their cap.
Stastny had 30 goals and 80 points in 121 games for Vegas. Overall, the 34-year-old Stastny was a productive and reliable striker. But his production has declined since his first eight seasons in Colorado, where he has scored 20 goals six times.
Stastny has a year left on his $ 19.5 million three-year deal.
Lundqvist changes uniforms after 15 seasons in New York, where he won the Vezina Trophy in 2011.
After tormenting Alex Ovechkin and the capitals in the playoffs for years, he'll try to help them win again at the end of their illustrious days in the NHL. Lundqvist will share the duties with Ilya Samsonov, with the 2016 Vezina Trophy and 2018 Stanley Cup winner Braden Holtby joining the agency.
As for Talbot, the 33-year-old was 12-10-1 with the Calgary Flames last season. He has 150 career wins, including 42 in Edmonton in the 2016-17 season when he was number one in the NHL with Holtby.
The cap restrictions were reflected in Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, who put Tyler Johnson on waivers. Johnson, who has scored four goals and seven points in 25 playoff games, has three years left on a seven-year $ 35 million deal that includes a no-trade clause.
The Lightning entered the off-season and was estimated to be worth $ 4.5 million.
Veteran striker Wayne Simmonds was one of the first free agents to sign a $ 1.5 million one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 12-year-old veteran split between New Jersey and Buffalo last season.
Rebuilding Detroit Red Wings agreed to a $ 1 million one-year deal with 33-year-old winger Bobby Ryan who hopes to revive his career after battling alcohol problems. Ryan missed more than two months last season in Ottawa after joining the NHL / NHLPA player support program in November 2019.
Ryan, this year's Masterton Trophy winner for endurance, was in the market after the Senators bought out the remaining two years of his contract, during which he was owed $ 15 million. He was drafted as number 2 overall by Anaheim in 2005 and has 254 goals and 301 assists in the Ducks and Senators.
In Chicago, the Blackhawks agreed to sign one-year finalist Dominik Kubalik's rookie for a two-year contract extension worth $ 7.4 million. When goalkeeper Corey Crawford joined the free agency, the Blackhawks also signed goalkeeper Malcolm Subban with a two-year contract worth $ 1.7 million.
AP Hockey writers Larry Lage and Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.
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