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Michal Neuvirth signs two-year extension

The Capitals have confirmed that they've signed Michal Neuvirth to a two-year extension worth $2.3 million, as was first reported by CapGeek. The 22-year-old goaltender will earn $1.15 million per year beginning in 2011-12 under his new deal.

Neuvirth was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season when his entry-level contract runs out. He will earn $765,000 this year.

More to come from the morning skate including projected lines for tonight's preseason opener in Columbus.

By Katie Carrera  | September 22, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
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That is a good deal and at the right price. Will be interesting to see what happens with Varly.

Posted by: ThePat | September 22, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

See, GMGM used the "money left of the table" from Poti's signing to give Neuvy a raise for 2 years. :) Not a bad swap of cap space. Could end up being a huge steal if he has a great year.

Hmm, how long til cstanton1, underpants2, and Hunterforcoach flame this signing as well?

3-2-1...and go.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | September 22, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

@SAOTI

I doubt they are that critical. This was basically a no brainer.

Posted by: ThePat | September 22, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I had him in a one-year deal for $1M in the 2011-2012 spreadsheet. I have Varly next year at $3M as he is projected to be #1. We'll see. Varly can also sign an extension now. If club can get him for similar money, would be great, but Varly I think will wait and try and get Halak money if he comes up big. Neuvy OTOH expects to be a back-up.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | September 22, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Good signing, good deal.

Poti on the other hand...

Posted by: underpants2 | September 22, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

For about 1/4 of a second I Read "Michael Nylander signs two year..."

My heart stopped, I need more coffee :)

Posted by: MinorTthreat | September 22, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

To me Neuvy signing right now indicates the team is more confident in him. I think Neuvy is likely the #1 goalie here in DC by midseason.

Posted by: ThePat | September 22, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Neuvirth may expect to be a backup, but if Varlamov can't keep his groin in one piece, Neuvirth will end up being #1 this year. I, for one, am very happy with this contract!

Posted by: irockthered | September 22, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

There is a good article on Neuvy written last night by Scott Burnside on ESPN.com.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/461/will-neuvirth-become-caps-star-in-net

Posted by: MReilly9 | September 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

On the heels of a signing that had a lot of people asking "why do this now?"... I think here we can all agree that this was done at the right time. I see it as an insurance policy in case Varly goes down to injury for a long period of time (again), in which case next summer you'd have Varly's agent demanding a payday commensurate with his "expectations and potential" and you'll have Neuvy's agent demanding a payday commensurate with what he's done for you lately.

Posted by: struggler | September 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

This is a really good signing. If Varly gets injured, we have a solid replacement. If Varly stays healthy, $1.15 mil per year is a very attractive contract for other teams to take on.

Win/Win.

Posted by: Fro_2 | September 22, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

@tom,

Yes I thought of you when I saw Neuvy's numbers...would be nice to see Varly buckle and take similar money and sign early. He might, you never know.

It would make your spreadsheet happy at least.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | September 22, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else see the other signing on capgeek that the Caps did?


G Brandon Anderson (WAS)
Birthdate: July 13, 1992 Age: 18
3 years, EL SR, $540,000

undrafted find by the scouting department?
or depth signing for ???

Posted by: FrankM73 | September 22, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

This also gives the Caps some leverage in negotiations with Varly.

If both play at least decent then the Caps won't be faced to have to sign at least one goaltender to a bigger deal (i.e Montreal). So if Varly demands $3M the Caps(they are know as ruthless negotiators) can just take him to arbitration (if Varly chooses) and threaten to pull a Niemi on him if he doesn't sign a smaller deal.

They also could threaten "sign this small deal or holdout, we don't care, then Neuvy will be the starting goalie and you'll be killing your career".

Lastly, with the lack of money going to goalies right now and the likely presence of Vokoun and Bryzgalov as UFAs I don't think Varly would pull $3M/yr. Unless he has a great season/great playoffs. He is young so the market can change drastically for him.

Posted by: sgm3 | September 22, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@FrankM

he was undrafted FA, believe he was here at the rookie camp. But I could be wrong on that part/

Posted by: ThePat | September 22, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Neuvirth to me is a better goalie than Varlamov and will prove it this year. Just because Varlamov came in and had a hot streak that year in the playoffs does not make him the best goalie. He's often injured, and while he makes flashy saves, he does not make the timely ones. I am not saying Varlamov can't be a top goalie in this league, I just think too many people are awed by his athleticism and fail to see that he's out of position a lot and therefore has to rely on said athleticism.

Posted by: ThePat | September 22, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

sgm (from earlier thread):

It's not meant as insult to say Poti and Caps are all stick-checkers on D. Just like not an insult to say forwards all mostly snipers. As I've said a million times, you need a little of everythings. You need infantry, tanks, big guns, helicopters, etc. We don't have really anyone but Ovechkin to inspire any fear at all in the other team. The only thing any other NHL player fears about the Capitals is our counter-attack and our PP. Otherwise it would look like Slapshot out there. You keep pointing out Wings and Lidstrom but they have some very tough customers on that team on forward and on the blueline. That's part of what makes Lidstrom so effective.

It's called the big picture. My suggestion would be to try and step out of the muck and look at it.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | September 22, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

hell yeah.....good signing GMGM. I always saw neuvy as being our new kolzig whereas varly as the new jim carey (i hope varly isn't but that comparison is always in my mind)

Posted by: _stevo | September 22, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

BTW, despite what some here think, I don't believe there will be even one negative thing to say about the Neuvy signing. It is a very good deal for player and club.

No veteran center - highly debateable
No punishing defendeman - highly debateable
Re-signing Poti - very debateable given no punishing defenseman on roster
Re-signing Neuvirth at $1.15M - pricelessly unquestionable

You see, when McPhee does the right thing, he gets credit. It's just that most of his moves of late (or lack thereof) haven't been nearly as good as this one.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | September 22, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Tom,

We know you are reasonable, but it is the Haters who can never say anything positive. If the can't be negatitive against McPhee or the Caps, you don't hear from them.

Posted by: boomer44 | September 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"Just because Varlamov came in and had a hot streak that year in the playoffs does not make him the best goalie."

@ThePat

Wait a second, are you saying the Caps should not base all their moves solely on the performance of players over a span of a week or two in April?

You are sounding like GMGM. That is blasphemy on this board. As almost everyone on here claims that that week of performance is the only thing you should use to determine whether a player is good or not.

Note: I actually agree with you that you can't overreact to the performance of a player over a span of a few games.

Posted by: sgm3 | September 22, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Actually Tom, he GMGM isn't given credit. If this was an extension announcement for Erskine the naysayers would be all over it. Since it is a good signing the normal bashers haven't entered a thing.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 22, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely no problem with signing Neuvy. I'm still puzzled by the Poti move, though. I think that locks us in to him as our one veteran d-man for the next three years. If they bring in another veteran d at significant salary, then you likely have to cut back on the forwards. That probably means Semin goes, IMO. Before a bunch of you say that's OK, think about what you have left for a second line - probably Flash steps in, with much less performance in terms of scoring and forechecking.

Posted by: zmega | September 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Oops sorry _stevo, I know you are a Lumberjack fan. Tell you what let's change that to a Semin extension, even if for $5mil and one more year.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Different ways to spell defenseman...

East Coast - Defenseman
Canada - Defenceman
SoCal - Defendeman

:)

P.S. tom, you forgot re-signing Flash AND not trading him - HIGHLY debateable

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | September 22, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@ThePat - Yes, he was here for rookie camp, and the beginning of training camp.

Posted by: irockthered | September 22, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

That was more said towards fans that think Varlamov is a god. But yes I dont think they should make them based on a week or two. The only player I have truly voiced my displeasure with on here is Flash and it has nothing to do with a week or two. More like everytime I see him on the ice, I see him as liability.

Well and Erskine and Sloan but I dont think many people on here are comfortable with one of them playing every night.

Posted by: ThePat | September 22, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

To me Neuvy signing right now indicates the team is more confident in him. I think Neuvy is likely the #1 goalie here in DC by midseason.
-----------------------------------------

number one goalies typically make a LOT more than $1.15M/year.

there's no reason for Varly to sign an extension unless they offer him $3-4M/year right now which isn't likely.

Posted by: joek443 | September 22, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"It's called the big picture. My suggestion would be to try and step out of the muck and look at it."

@tominsocal1

I'm going to have to say that to you too. You have become lost in your in own little analogy. While it is based on a good premise(well rounded teams are generally the best) you became off in analogizing people to different weapons.

The correct analogy should be that you need two offensive lines(guys who can create and score), a defensive line(a line that can shut down an opponent's top line), an offensive defenseman(create scoring opportunities and is good on the PP), and a defensive defensemen pair(also used to shut down the opposing teams top line.

Notice, none of these have said anything of what the line should be comprised of in terms of speed, size, or style.

If a team has a shut-down defensive pair that always matches the oppositions top line who cares how they accomplish shutting down the opposition. If it is done in a Lidstrom style or a Pronger style, all that matters is not letting the oppositions top line from scoring.

Hypo: You have two teams, each with a shutdown pair of defensemen. Team A's shut down pair plays a Lidstrom style of defense, Team B's shutdown pair plays a Pronger style of defense. If each team plays a 7 game series and each shut-down pairing only let the opposing teams top line score 2 goals in the series, which shut-down pairing is better?

They are equal! It is about results. Defensive defensemen are very important to have, but who cares about how they get it done as long as they get it done. And it has been proven that there is more than one way to be a quality defensive defenseman.

Posted by: sgm3 | September 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I just think too many people are awed by his athleticism and fail to see that he's out of position a lot and therefore has to rely on said athleticism.
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No, just look at their stats. Varly's numbers are considerably better than those of Neuvy's.

Posted by: joek443 | September 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

By the way Ray Shero is treated like a GOD in here by some but TSN ranked the Penguins 13th. The main reason is because Shero has not addressed their major issue with wingers.

Yes, they are strong down the middle but the painful fact is they may become two deep at center because they are toying with Malkin moving to wing and Staal at 2nd line center. That's OK except for the fact that Staal won't be ready for the start of the season so the Malkin to wing project is on hold. With Malkin at 2nd line center the most skilled wing, as far as TSN is concerned, left is Pascal Dupuis (superstar!). For those that want to throw Kennedy out there the kid scored a majority of his 13 goals in the first half of the season and only managed 25 pts total. He had 0 points in two rounds of the playoffs and was a -6. To top it off Shero really has not replaced the PP QB with Gonchar leaving and Martin (5x$5mil) and Michalek (5x$4mil) are most likely overpaid and their salaries will make it even harder to fix the problem at wing.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 22, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"The only player I have truly voiced my displeasure with on here is Flash and it has nothing to do with a week or two. More like everytime I see him on the ice, I see him as liability."

@ThePat

That is fine. I actually like that argument much better than "he has no heart" or "he isn't gritty" because being a liability is an indication about his game as a whole, which is how a player should be judged.

Posted by: sgm3 | September 22, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock

I think GMGM and Shero are about on the same level. The difference this offseason, the Pens had two weaknesses D and W. They addressed one of them by adding Martin and Michalek.

Caps weaknesses 2C and toughness on D. They didnt address either. So at the present time I can see why people would say Shero is doing more to push his team over the top. To me they are about equal GM's, he has just done more this offseason and his teams have been to two Cup finals and won once.

Posted by: ThePat | September 22, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

OH SNAP!!!!

Michal Neuvirth signs two-year extension...

Run and tell that, HOMEBOY!

Posted by: j3rockstar | September 22, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I just think too many people are awed by his athleticism and fail to see that he's out of position a lot and therefore has to rely on said athleticism.
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No, just look at their stats. Varly's numbers are considerably better than those of Neuvy's.

Posted by: joek443
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It's a bit much to say that Varly's #'s are considerably better than Neuvy's. In fact, one could make the statement that Neuvy's wAS slightly better last season given his .914 save percentage versus Varly's .909.

Note: that .914 is only slightly down from his save %age in Hershey, at .919 (reg seas), and .920 (PO's)

I've said it since last year, but Neuvy is going to win the #1 Goalie spot this year. He's just better technically and more consistent!

Posted by: FrankM73 | September 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock

well played sir....people may be upset with an extension for the sexy lumberjack, but I on the other hand would be estatic

to tell you the truth, I have no problem with the Poti signing

Posted by: _stevo | September 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Neuvy - 11W, 5L, 2.80GAA, .910SV%, 0 shutouts

Varly - 19W, 4L, 2.52GAA, .911SV% 2 shutouts

considerably better? yeah, I think so.

Posted by: joek443 | September 22, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@ joek443

Just because you say that Varly's stats are better than Neuvy's doesn't mean that it is true, which is what many politicians like to do. They are very comparable goalies but Neuvy's save percentage is a bit higher although Varly has a lower GAA. A .914 SV% is HIGHER than .909 SV%...it is math and there is only ONE correct number on this. The numbers are very close but Varly's numbers are NOT better than Neuvy's. Jeez, go back to elementary school again and study math.

Posted by: MReilly9 | September 22, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree, Neuvy will show he is better than Varly this year and will become our #1. In fact, I think we should have traded Varly this past off-season while percetions were still that he could play on the NHL level without constant injury etc. I fail to see how the Poti signing is at all bad for this team. And, as for Chimera, the Fehr-Chimera-Perreault(sp?) to me is a stellar third, or even second, line. If second, what to do with Semin? I say package him and Varly.

Posted by: kkd76 | September 22, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing this turns out to be a hell of a signing. Good on McPhee for getting head start on signings this time around.

Posted by: dcfury | September 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@ MReilly9

hey where did you learn your math? since when the save percentage is the ONLY stat that matters?

where I come from 2.52GAA is a heck of a lot better than 2.80GAA, not to mention 2 shutouts vs ZERO shutouts!!!

Posted by: joek443 | September 22, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Good signing. The price seems right for a backup who could be #1 or trade bait. I still don't understand why so many are down on Varly.

Posted by: ablake70 | September 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

you can believe whatever you want about these two goalies, I really don't care...

but don't tell me Varly's stats aren't better than Neuvy's... that's just stupid

Posted by: joek443 | September 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

gee ever consider the fact that a player is a liability specifically because of his lack of grit? doh!

when a player like Flash can't (or doesn't try to) win puck battles, that is a lack of grit and physicality. That also (go figure!) makes him a glaring liability!

connect the dots, 1 2 3

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 22, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

joek443 is right on this one. Varly has better stats. You can also look at who was turned both of last years in Playoffs as to who is higher on pecking order.

The Neuvy contract amount says he will be more than a standard back-up (20 games) but less than a starter.

If Varly signs now, I project from 2.5 to 3.25/yr. As the season progresses, that will change based on what happens. He also has a big ego I think and those players can be harder to sign.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | September 22, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"gee ever consider the fact that a player is a liability specifically because of his lack of grit? doh!

when a player like Flash can't (or doesn't try to) win puck battles, that is a lack of grit and physicality. That also (go figure!) makes him a glaring liability!

connect the dots, 1 2 3"

@cstanton1

I wasn't talking to you. Please do not respond to my posts.

Posted by: sgm3 | September 22, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The children continue to argue. That's what anonymity of the internet will do for you. The continuous quarreling has driven most responders away.

Posted by: sidehillman | September 22, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

@joek443 nice job. I get on you for your constant negativity, I also need to commend you for a positive post.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | September 22, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can just feed lots and lots of cheese to Flush and have him crop dust our own crease. That will keep opposing teams out of there for sure. Cheesy Czech Ginger Gas....gross, the thought gags me.


Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | September 22, 2010 10:41 AM

@SAOTI: EEEEWWWWW! Also, you might end the careers of one (or both) of our promising young goaltenders.

Posted by: Rhino40 | September 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Being a 20+ year Caps fan but brand new to following these posts, I am thus far finding the cstanton v. sgm3 battle pretty entertaining. You are both smart guys with good hockey sense. But I feel the entertainment will wear off quickly. Rather than one asking the other not to reply, I'd rather see you two conduct a virtual handshake and agree to continue disagreeing respectfully. I think you both make good points at times and at other times have tenuous positions. We all do. That's why keeping the dialogue going in a respectful fashion improves all of our hockey senses. I have no idea which one I would agree with more over having heard their views for many months, but right now I SGM has an edge because he conducted a HYPO which smells a lot like he's a lawyer with top-notch critical thinking skills. I give cstanton an edge because SGM told him not to reply. 50/50 guys. Shake hands.

Posted by: struggler | September 22, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Dude has really done little in the NHL but that's a decent rate for a backup who could become the full time starter.

Posted by: Mike4169 | September 22, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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