As you no doubt know by now, and as I wrote about on www.washingtoncaps.com, the Caps signed defenseman Karl Alzner to a three-year entry-level deal today. The base salary of the contract is $875,000, which is the league maximum for rookies in Alzner’s draft year. With incentives and bonuses, the most Alzner will count toward Washington’s salary cap total for each of the next three seasons is $1.675 million.
Under the terms of the CBA, teams have until June 1 to sign players who were drafted in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. But because there is no agreement between the IIHF and the NHL for 2008-09, there is uncertainty as to whether the June 1 deadline applies for European players at the moment.
This wrinkle most notably impacts Florida, which chose Czech winger Michael Frolik with the 10th overall pick in 2006, and Buffalo, which selected Swedish defenseman Dennis Persson with the 24th choice. The Caps are also impacted; they drafted Finnish winger Oskar Osala with their fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2006. As it stands now, those teams will be able to negotiate beyond the June 1 date with those players. More on this issue as it becomes available.
Washington chose defenseman Keith Seabrook in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2006 draft. Seabrook played a season at the University of Denver before leaving school and opting to play for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen in the WHL last season. As a result, Washington has until 2010 to sign Seabrook to an entry-level deal.