The Caps had a great beginning of the day. They signed Mike Green to a 4-year $21-million deal prior to the noon o'clock opening of the free agent season. Then things took a left turn as they tried to get Crisobal Huet to resign with the team. As Huet's price and length of contract grew they turned to Plan B. They signed Jose Theodore to a 2-year contract worth $9-million. GM George McPhee was none to pleased with the negotiating tactics of Huet and his agent as the Caps GM divulged the inter workings of the process to the press. Huet ended up signing with Chicago for 4 years and 22.5-million dollars.
What does all this mean? Well, first of all the Caps keep one of the top young defensemen in the NHL. Secondly, they get a number one goalie who has Hart and Vezina trophy on his resume at a reasonable price. Not to say he doesn't come with a lot of question marks. Since his MVP season his performance has been sporadic at best but he performed well for Colorado last season and got his team to the second round of the playoffs. From this report, he sounds excited to play for the Caps and prove that he is indeed an top goalie in the NHL. Besides, following in the footsteps of Huet and longtime Caps goaltender Olie Kolzig can't be as hard as replacing Patrick Roy, twice.
Speaking of Oile the goalie. He signed a one year deal to play with division rival Tampa for a reported $1.5-million with opportunity for bonus.