CHICAGO — It seemed it would be quiet night for the Washington Capitals during the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. They had already traded their pick, the 27th one overall in the Entry Draft, to the St. Louis Blues as part of their trade deadline rental of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
But just under 90 minutes before the show was to begin, the Caps surprised the hockey world by re-signing TJ Oshie to a massive eight-year, $46 million dollar contract, carrying a salary cap hit of $5.75 million.
“Osh means a lot to us,” Capitals head coach Barry Trotz told a small gaggle of reporters here. “It’s a great message not only to our team, but our fans. I think he’s a big part of our success. I think it’s a huge signing. Good job by the organization.”