Belanger Deal Drama

So according to newly signed Phoenix Coyote Eric Belanger, he had a verbal deal in place with the Washington Capitals that would bring him back to the team for one year at $1.85 million. The deal was supposed to go through  after the Caps cleared up some space with a trade. What that trade was is complete speculation because it obviously never happened, thus Belanger signed a one year deal with Phoenix earlier this week. Belanger lost out on $1.1 million between the two deals!

Although the Caps just re-signed Fleischmann, I keep hearing that he will be used as trade bait throughout the season. His second half performance definitely doesn’t bode well on a team that is absolutely going to have to move some bodies before next season starts. UFAs next year are Fleischmann, Semin, Knuble, Laich and Tom Poti, while both Varlamov and Neuvirth are RFAs.

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