Caps Quiet on Day One of Free AgencyPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
A year ago today, the Capitals were one of the most active teams on the first day of NHL free agency. Today, Washington was among the quietest clubs. In a day characterized by the signing of mostly role players for short money and short term, the NHL’s first day of free agency came in like a lamb on Sunday. Big-ticket items Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were still on the shelf late in the day, as were the likes of Martin Brodeur, Jiri Hudler, Jaromir Jagr, Shane Doan, Alexander Semin, Olli Jokinen and Matt Carle, as well as dozens more lesser lights looking for a new landing spot. Of the 38 players who signed with different teams on Sunday, only 10 were given contracts of more than two years in length. Until just before 8 p.m. Eastern time, the longest deals were the four-year pacts bestowed upon character forwards Adam Burish and Brandon Prust by San Jose and Montreal, respectively, and a four-year deal signed by top-six forward P.A. Parenteau, who signed with Colorado. But just before 8 p.m., the Vancouver Canucks signed defenseman Jason Garrison to a six-year deal worth a total of $27.6 million. The Caps had no signings to announce today; they were one of six NHL clubs who had no transactions to announce whether it be a trade, a UFA signing or the signing of an incumbent RFA player. None of Washington's UFA players -- Semin, Mike Knuble, Jeff Halpern and Keith Aucoin -- moved to another club on Sunday. Here’s a summary of most of the signings that did take place on Sunday, from the opening of the store at noon, Eastern time to 8 p.m.: ANAHEIM – Signed right wing Brad Staubitz for two years. Signed defenseman Bryan Allen for three years, $10.5 million. Signed defenseman Sheldon Souray for three years, $11 million. CAROLINA – Re-signed center Jordan Staal for 10 years, $60 million. Signed defenseman Joe Corvo for one year, $2 million. Re-signed goaltender Justin Peters for two years, $1.075 million. CHICAGO – Signed defenseman Sheldon Brookbank for two years, $2.5 million. COLORADO – Signed center John Mitchell for two years, $2.2 million. Signed defenseman Greg Zanon for two years, $4.5 million. Signed right wing P.A. Parenteau for four years, $16 million. COLUMBUS – Signed defensemen Adrian Aucoin for one year, $2 million. DALLAS – Signed left wing Ray Whitney for two years, $9 million. Signed defenseman Aaron Rome for three years, $4.5 million. DETROIT – Signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson for two years, $3 million. Signed right wing Mikael Samuelsson for two years, $6 million. Signed right wing Jordin Tootoo for three years, $5.7 million. EDMONTON – Re-signed left wing Ryan Smyth for two years, $4.5 million. Re-signed goaltender Yann Danis for one year, $775,000. FLORIDA – Re-signed goaltender Scott Clemmensen for two years. Signed defensemen Filip Kuba for two years, $8 million. Signed right wing George Parros for two years, $1.85 million. LOS ANGELES – Re-signed left wing Dustin Penner for one year, $3.25 million. MINNESOTA – Signed center Zenon Konopka for two years, $1.85 million. Signed center Torrey Mitchell for three years, $5.7 million. MONTREAL – Signed right wing Colby Armstrong for one year, $1 million. Signed defenseman Francis Bouillon for one year, $1.5 million. Signed right wing Brandon Prust for four years, $10 million. NASHVILLE – Signed goaltender Chris Mason for one year, $1.25 million. NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Signed right wing Brad Boyes for one year, $1 million. Signed defenseman Matt Carkner for three years, $4.5 million. Signed left wing Eric Boulton for one year. NEW YORK RANGERS – Re-signed defenseman Stu Bickel for two years, $1.5 million. Signed right wing Arron Asham for two years, $2 million. OTTAWA – Signed defenseman Mike Lundin for one year, $1.15 million. Signed left wing Guillaume Latandresse for one year, $1.25 million. PHILADELPHIA – Re-signed goaltender Michael Leighton for one year, $900,000. PHOENIX – Signed right wing David Moss for two years, $4.2 million. PITTSBURGH – Signed left wing Tanner Glass for two years, $2.2 million. SAN JOSE – Signed right wing Adam Burish for four years, $7.2 million. TAMPA BAY – Re-signed center Benoit Pouliot for one year, $1.8 million. Signed defenseman Sami Salo for two years, $7.5 million. TORONTO – Signed center Jay McClement for two years, $3 million. VANCOUVER – Signed defenseman Jason Garrison for six years, $27.6 million. WINNIPEG -- signed left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky for one year, $1.8 million.
Annual summer development camp gets underway for the Capitals and a few dozen of their young prospects and hopefuls next week. The kids will hit the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday for a week of drills, scrimmages, off-ice workouts and bonding. Included among the invitees are each of