CATCHING UP WITH NEWS: DOAN RE-SIGNS WITH COYOTES, CARLSON WITH CAPITALS
What with having a busy weekend, and generally struggling to keep up with all the news that was going on in the NHL over the last few days, I stupidly forgot to post about two big signings that occurred in the day or two before the lockout came into effect.
Shane Doan re-signs with Phoenix Coyotes
Shane Doan, the long-time Phoenix Coyotes captain and face-of-the-franchise, has finally and officially re-signed with the franchise that drafted him back in 1995. It is reportedly a 4 year deal with a $5.3m per season cap hit. A little bit of an overpayment in terms of what he currently does as a player, but he is still very good and has given his all to the franchise. As per NHL.com:
Doan on Friday signed a four-year contract to stay with the Phoenix Coyotes and the franchise for whom he’s played his entire NHL career.
“I dragged this thing out as long as I possibly could,” Doan said with a laugh addressing the media in Arizona.
Doan became a free agent July 1, and from that point forward expressed his desire to play for the Coyotes. However, the team’s ownership situation remains unresolved, putting off the agreement until Friday.
“This was as far as I could push it without going crazy, I think,” Doan said.
Greg Jamison is in line to purchase the team, pending resolution of an arena lease agreement with the city of Glendale.
“I think I made it clear right from the beginning my whole goal was to come back here … if I thought there was hope that this could work here then I was going to come back here,” Doan said. “In the end, I think there’s hope, and that’s really what it comes down to. …
“I don’t know how many times we’ve heard, ‘Just in two more weeks it’ll be done,'” Doan added. “Hopefully in two weeks it’s done.”
Doan, 35, has been a member of the Coyotes franchise since he was chosen by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1995 NHL Draft. In 16 seasons, the team’s captain has 318 goals and 470 assists in 1,198 career games.
Doan is a quality forward, and although this could scupper any chance he had of winning a Cup, barring a miracle run to the finals for the ‘Yotes or a trade later in his career, he will likely retire in the desert.
John Carlson re-signs with Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee has made a habit of signing his youngest players to short-term deals.
Defenseman Karl Alzner, goalie Michal Neuvirth and center Mathieu Perreault all are working under two-year contracts, and it would have been easy for defenseman John Carlson to follow suit.
The Capitals’ 22-year-old blueliner bucked that trend Friday, agreeing to a six-year, $23.8 million contract. Carlson will earn $3.8 million in 2012-13 and $4 million per season from 2013-14 through 2017-18.
Only captain Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom have longer deals with the Capitals.“To be honest, I think that all I wanted was to be here a long time,” said Carlson, who had been a restricted free agent. “I think that [was a goal] that I’ve had since I’ve got here, and it has a lot to do with really liking this team, liking this city and liking our fans. I obviously wanted to be here.”
Washington selected Carlson with the 27th pick of the 2008 NHL Draft and has teamed with Alzner for most of his career to form one of the game’s best young defensive pairings.
With injuries limiting Mike Green to 81 games the past two seasons, Carlson has stepped in to lead the team in ice time (22:38) in 2010-11, and finish second in that category last season at 21:51.
Carlson has been used as a quarterback on the power play and in a shutdown role in the game’s final minutes. His versatility and ascent on Washington’s depth chart also has earned him the trust of management.
Carlson is a terrific young blue-liner who should be a big part of the Caps going forward, and the deal seems to be for a very reasonable amount.