Washington blueliner Tomas Kundratek has signed with Latvian-based KHL club Dinamo Riga, the team announced on Friday.
Kundratek, 25, has appeared in 30 games for Washington over the last four years, though none in the last two — he’s been playing exclusively for the Caps’ AHL affiliate in Hershey, scoring 27 points in 55 games last year.
Originally selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2008 draft, Kundratek was acquired by Washington in 2011 and was a semi-regular fixture during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, scoring seven points in 25 games.
From there, he was gradually bumped down the defensive depth chart — especially last summer, when the Caps inked d-men Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik to lengthy deals. Kundratek also suffered a torn ACL while playing for Hershey, an injury that stalled his progression.
Shawn Horcoff’s time as a Dallas Star is over.
Horcoff, acquired via trade from Edmonton in the summer of 2013, won’t be given an extension and will head to free agency on July 1, Stars GM Jim Nill confirmed.
“I’ve known Shawn for some time, and I know he wants to have a big role in the team, and that probably wasn’t possible here,” Nill told the Dallas Morning-News. “We’re moving toward a younger lineup, and I know Shawn will find the right fit on another team.”
The 36-year-old — who just wrapped a six-year, $33 million deal — had something of a bounce-back campaign in Dallas this year, scoring 11 goals and 29 points (his highest since the ’11-12 season in Edmonton).
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of interest he garners on the open market; for the last six years, Horcoff’s always been tied to his onerous contract (and cap hit, at $5.5M per). He could, however, now be an inexpensive veteran pickup for a team looking for depth down the middle next season.
Though the breakup’s been a long time coming, San Jose and Adam Burish are officially calling it quits.
On Friday, the Sharks waived the veteran forward for the purpose of buying out his contract, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The 32-year-old was heading into the last of a four-year, $7.4 million pact signed with San Jose in 2012.
It was clear by actions taken this season that San Jose was no longer interested in keeping the grinding winger’s services. Burish was waived in November and, upon clearing, got dispatched to the American League, where he spent the remainder of the year.
All told he played in just 20 NHL contests this year, scoring a goal and three points.
Burish was carrying a $1.85 million cap hit and, per Capfriendly, the buyout will result in a hit of $616K this year and the next.