Tag: Michal Neuvirth


Hamburglar sticks: Sens ink Hammond to three-year, $4.05M extension


The Hamburglar has been rewarded.

On Wednesday, Ottawa announced that it re-upped with Andrew Hammond — aka “The Hamburglar” — on a three-year, $4.05 million contract, one that carries an average annual cap hit of $1.35M.

The annual salary breakdown:

Hammond, 27, was one of the NHL’s most unlikely success stories this year, if not the most unlikely. Never a star at the NCAA or AHL level, he came out of nowhere to go on a remarkable run — 20-1-2 down the stretch — to help the Sens rally for a playoff spot.

Hammond finished the year with a .941 save percentage and 1.79 GAA, and was Ottawa’s starter heading into its opening-round series against the Habs. But he ceded his starting position to Craig Anderson after two tough outings and, in light of that, it’ll be interesting to see how the Sens’ goalie situation plays out next year and beyond.

Anderson, 33, is signed through 2018 at $4.2 million per while Robin Lehner — who, after suffering a concussion in February, opened the door for Hammond to play — has two more years left at $2.225M per.

(As pointed out by sharp commenter dsawaia29, Ottawa also inked college free agent goalie Matt O’Connor out of Boston University.)

Sens GM Bryan Murray said he’ll look to deal one of his two netminders once Hammond was signed, so it’ll be interesting to see who’s on the move this summer as the available goalie market just got another experienced addition, to go along with Antti Niemi, Karri Ramo, Michal Neuvirth and, quite possibly, Eddie Lack.

Related: If Anderson is available, should the Oilers be interested?

No talks between Isles and Neuvirth, who’s ‘ready to be the No. 1 goalie’

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals - Game Five

Sounds like New York Islanders backup netminder Michal Neuvirth is ready to test the free agent goalie market.

“We haven’t heard from the Islanders,” Neuvirth’s agent, Patrik Stefan, told PHT via email. “And Michal is ready to be the number one goalie.”

Neuvirth, 27, was sent to the Islanders from Buffalo at the deadline and played in just a handful of games — five regular-season (1-3-1, 2.94 GAA, .881 save percentage) and one in the playoffs, an 11-minute relief appearance of Jaroslav Halak during an opening-round playoff loss to Washington.

In Buffalo, Neuvirth showed flashes of a guy that could be a No. 1, especially in the weeks leading up to his trade. The Czech netminder posted a .938 save percentage in February and, overall, had a .918 in 27 games — pretty good, considering the Sabres were the NHL’s worst team this year.

Assuming he goes to market, Neuvirth will have a few things going for him. One, he’s relatively young, having just turned 27 in March. Two, he has a fair bit of experience — over 160 regular-season contests, and 10 in the playoffs. Three, he could be affordable, having just wrapped a two-year, $5 million deal with a $2.5M average annual cap hit.

But there are a number of other potential goalies primed to hit the market. Calgary could move on from Karri Ramo, and Vancouver has hinted that Eddie Lack may be available for trade. Antti Niemi may not be re-signed by San Jose and there is the possibility that Minnesota can’t come to terms with Vezina finalist Devan Dubnyk, who goes unrestricted on July 1.

Capitals chase Halak in third en route to taking Game 5


The New York Islanders went into Thursday’s game with a chip on their shoulders over Tom Wilson’s big hit that sidelined defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. Anders Lee settled that dispute early in the contest with a sparring match, but the Islanders now have more immediate problems after suffering a 5-1 loss to Washington tonight.

New York was able to strike first as Josh Bailey found the back of the net shortly after Lee’s fight. However, Evgeny Kuznetsov managed to even the score midway through the first period and Karl Alzner put the Capitals’ up 2-1 in the second frame.

Then the floodgates open in the third as the Capitals netted three goals in the span of just over six minutes to drive Jaroslav Halak out of the contest. Despite only lasting 49 minutes and surrendering five markers, Halak still finished with 30 saves.

Kuznetsov, who was held off the scoresheet in his first four playoff contests, led the charge with two goals and an assist. Jason Chimera and Karl Alzner each chipped in a goal and an assist for Washington.

Islanders goaltender Michal Neuvirth held his own in relief of Halak, but the damage was already done. The Islanders will how head back to Nassau Coliseum. Their home since 1972, they will be saying goodbye to it on Saturday if they lose in Game 6.


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