Washington has found a defensive depth replacement for Jeff Schultz, agreeing to terms with journeyman blueliner Tyson Strachan.
The deal, first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, is of the two-way, one-year variety. No word yet on monetary compensation.
Strachan, 28, was Carolina’s fifth-round pick in 2003 and has spent time with both the St. Louis and Florida organizations, appearing in 120 career NHL contests.
His best season was the 2013 lockout-shortened campaign, when he emerged as a regular with the Panthers.
Strachan posted career highs in games (38), points (four) and time on ice per game (18:58), leading the team in hits (110) while finishing third in blocked shots, with 62.
With Washington, Strachan will likely battle for one of the final spots on the blueline.
The Caps currently have six defensemen under contract for next season (Mike Green, John Carlson, John Erskine, Jack Hillen, Tomas Kundratek, Steven Oleksy) and still have to reach a new deal with RFA Karl Alzner.
Young prospects Cameron Schilling, Nate Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov could also be in the mix.
With a quote that’s sure to raise the ire of the stats crowd, here’s Jonathan Quick on his .833 save percentage to start the season:
“That’s for people that don’t know the game. Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”
(That quote, per LA Kings Insider.)
Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, after which head coach Darryl Sutter said of his star goalie: “He didn’t play very well tonight, did he?”
So even if Quick doesn’t think much of statistics, he should still be extra motivated for tonight’s home game against Vancouver, assuming he gets the start.
Last season, Quick’s .918 save percentage ranked in a three-way tie for 14th out of the 29 goalies who started 40 or more games.
After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.
Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.