Quick-hit analysis of important NHL signings and trades completed Friday, Oct. 9, updating live as each transaction rolls in.
Signing: Capitals reportedly ink goalie Henrik Lundqvist to a one-year deal.
Analysis: According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Lundqvist is headed to Washington a week after the Rangers bought out the final two years of his contract in New York. The future Hall of Famer will slide in behind the promising Ilya Samsonov on the Capitals’ goalie depth chart. At 38 years old and coming off a season in which he posted a .905 save percentage, Lundqvist is firmly in the Stanley Cup-chasing stage and could be an ideal backup/mentor to Samsonov, aged 23. The signing also signals the end of the Braden Holtby era. Holtby, a 31-year-old UFA, has spent his entire career in D.C., but there was never much of a chance of him signing another extension.
Trade: Jets acquire forward Paul Stastny from Golden Knights for defenseman Carl Dahlstrom and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2022.
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Analysis: Winnipeg has picked up Stastny for the second time in three-plus years as GM Kevin Cheveldayoff looks to plug a hole at second-line center. Stastny, a 34-year-old cerebral and battle-tested pivot, carries a $6.5-million salary cap hit for the 2020-21 season. If it doesn’t work out between player and team, no big deal; Stastny is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. This swap between the Jets and Golden Knights, which involves a fringe NHL defenseman and a mid-round pick going to Vegas, makes you wonder if the rampant Patrik Laine trade rumors will fizzle out. Stastny, Laine, and Nikolaj Ehlers were fantastic together during Winnipeg’s 2018 playoff run. Stastny recorded 15 points in 17 postseason games before inking a three-year deal with Vegas as a UFA.
John Matisz is theScore’s national hockey writer.
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