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Free agent frenzy began this morning at 11am, and all of the action from the Predators organization so far has been guys walking out the door instead of in the door…
Mark Dekanich signed a one-way deal with Columbus, per Aaron Portzline, who covers the Blue Jackets for the Columbus Dispatch. Haven’t seen the contract numbers yet…but we’ll update the post when they are made public. (UPDATE: $575k is what is being reported…one-year deal.)
The Dispatch did a blog post about the signing this evening, and here are some highlights:
Dekanich’s anonymity coupled with Mason’s struggles over the past two seasons likely will unnerve some Jackets fans. You could almost here the fan base collectively asking, “Mark Who?” But Howson said he’s talked with AHL sources who had the 6-foot-2, 192-pound goalie on the same level as Washington’s prized prospect Brayden Holtby.
“We think he’s ready,” Howson said. “It’s a bit of a risk but we think he’s ready. Given what was available after a few hours, no doubt . . . There are top goalies in the American League who are ready for a chance . . . Eventually, these guys play. Why can’t they play here?”
So congrats to Dex, and congrats to Columbus and their scouts for doing their homework. I think they’ll be pleased with the return on their investment.
Aaron Johnson signed a two-way deal with Columbus as well. A return engagement in that organization.
Joel Ward is a Capital. Steve Sullivan’s back is Penguins property. Panther fans will now be the ones to mispronounce Marcel Goc’s name.