The Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Christian Djoos on a new contract, announcing a one-year extension with the 2019-20 trade addition. CapFriendly reports that the deal carries a $1MM AAV. The Ducks also confirmed a one-year deal with fellow defenseman Jani Hakanpaa.
Djoos, 25, hopes next season goes better than this one did. The trouble for Djoos began this past off-season, when he went to salary arbitration with the Washington Capitals. Djoos lost the case to Washington, but the arbitration award still came in $450K above where the team had filed. The cap-strapped Caps were left with few options but to bury Djoos in the minors. After playing in 108 games with Washington, he saw just two games and 16 total minutes of NHL action until the trade deadline. It was then that he was dealt to the Ducks for forward Daniel Sprong. He had only played in nine games with Anaheim for a total of eleven on the year before the season was put on pause.
Fortunately, the early returns for Djoos in Anaheim were strong. In those nine games, he recorded three points and averaged more than 21 minutes per night. This was a major role for Djoos, greater than he had ever played in Washington. Granted, the Ducks were not fully healthy on the blue line at the time, but by taking advantage of the opportunity afforded him, Djoos earned the trust of his new organization. The young defender stands a strong chance of winning a regular role in Anaheim again next season and at $1MM could prove to be a bargain for the Ducks.