Jack Hillen may never been compared to Ryan Suter at the bargaining table and the contract he signed with the Capitals on Tuesday confirms it.
George McPhee entered Sundays start of NHL free agency with 20.8 million in cap space. He spent just 950,000 on fourth-line winger Joey Crabb.
When George McPhee was asked last week about how tempting it was to enter July 1 with 20.8 million in cap space, he raised a cautionary flag.
Maybe Martin Brodeur simply wanted to give himself a bigger raise than the Devils were willing to give him.
The Capitals were incredibly quiet on the first day of NHL free agency Sunday, but that doesnt mean they wont be opening their wallets on Day 2.