Sunday 9:02 AM CST: According to Cap Friendly, Vatanen’s deal comes with a modified-NTC in years three and four. The Ducks’ blueliner will submit a 12-team list which he can be traded to. For more information on how no-trade and no-movement clauses work, check out Pro Hockey Rumors’ handy primer.
Saturday 11:35 AM CST: According to the Anaheim Ducks website, the team has re-signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a four-year deal. The 25-year-old defenseman previously made $1.275MM and was due for a hefty raise. Though the team didn’t release financial details, Eric Stephens reports that it is a 4-year, $19.5MM deal.
The contract is broken down as owing Vatanen $5MM through the 2018-2019 season. In the final year of the deal, Vatanen will earn $4.5MM. CapFriendly indicates that the cap hit will be $4.875MM. With the signing, the Ducks estimated cap room drops to $13,232,500.
Vatanen has been a key component on the Ducks blueline. He notched 38 points in 2015-2016, having 38 points (9-29), while having 4 points (1-3) in 7 playoff games.The deal make Vatanen the highest paid d-man on the team, and also inks another young blueliner to an already strong core. General manager Bob Murray is far from done, with a host of RFA’s, namely Brandon Pirri, Hampus Lindholm and Frederik Andersen, still awaiting contracts.