T.J. Oshie signs $46-million deal with Washington Capitals
T.J. Oshie didn’t wait until the open of the NHL’s free agency period to make a big splash.
The former Warroad High and UND star forward decided he didn’t need to look around at new opportunities.
Oshie signed an eight-year, $46 million deal with the Washington Capitals on Friday night before the NHL Draft to stay in a place where he flourished this season.
Oshie scored a career-high 33 goals with the Capitals this season and tallied 56 points.
Oshie, who is entering his 10th professional season, expressed interest in re-signing with the Capitals after their season ended against eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh.
“Couldn’t be happier to re-sign with the @Capitals!!” Oshie wrote on Twitter. “Great city, great organization and even more important great people. #GoCaps #RockTheRed”
Oshie is the fourth former UND player to sign a contract worth more than $45 million.
His former teammate, Travis Zajac, is on an eight-year, $46 million deal with the New Jersey Devils. Jonathan Toews is on an eight-year, $84 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. And Zach Parise is on a 13-year, $98 million deal with the Minnesota Wild.
Oshie was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
He would have been one of the most sought-after free agents on the market this summer had he waited until July.
|Zach Parise||Minnesota||13 years||$98 million|
|Jonathan Toews||Chicago||8 years||$84 million|
|Travis Zajac||New Jersey||8 years||$46 million|
|T.J. Oshie||Washington||8 years||$46 million|
|Jonathan Toews||Chicago||5 years||$31 million|