With the Stanley Cup Finals just concluding on Wednesday night between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, teams are already making moves for the 2019-2020 season.
The Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers made a trade with each other. Washington sent defenseman Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia for defenseman Radko Gudas.
Gudas is in the final year of his contract and the Capitals will take on $2.345 million of his $3.35 million contract. Radko Gudas played in 77 games last season and he only scored four goals and recorded 16 assists. His plus/minus was 6.
Niskanen is 32 years old and his numbers took a dive last season in 80 games played. He scored eight goals and recorded 17 assists. His plus/minus was -3.
Matt Niskanen has two more years remaining on his contract and he will be owed $5.75 million each season.
The Philadelpiha Flyers got the better end of the deal in this trade. Niskanen is a puck moving defenseman and Radko Gudas is a heavy hitter. A lot of people find it interesting that Gudas and Tom Wilson will be teammates next season. Wilson has a reputation of being a dirty hitter at various moments and so does Gudas.
The New York Islanders also re-signed forward Jordan Eberle to a five-year deal with an annual average of $5.5 million per season.
Eberle is 29 years old and it was a monster surprise he came back to New York. I thought he was going to team up with Taylor Hall next season with the New Jersey Devils because they were both teammates with the Edmonton Oilers a few years ago. In 78 games played last season, Eberle scored 18 goals and recorded 16 assists. His plus/minus was -6.
Mathew Barzal and the rest of the New York Islanders are excited he is back for another season. I am surprised that Jordan Eberle took a cheap contract and I guess that means that the New York Islanders front office has the potential to make some big moves this offseason. They finished in second place last season in the Metropolitan Division and they are not satisfied with that happening.
New York was swept away in the second-round of the postseason against the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan Eberle had a good year last season, but he could be better in his second season with the New York Islanders. A lot of players also enjoyed playing for first year head coach Barry Trotz after he decided to leave the Washington Capitals.