The Pittsburgh Penguins let defenseman Justin Schultz he could shop around once the unrestricted free agent market opened on Friday, but they probably didn’t think he would sign with their bitter rivals.
The veteran blue liner has agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Capitals. He will earn $3 mil in year one and $5 mil in the second year of his deal for a $4 mil annual average on the Caps’ cap.
TSN's Darren Dreger was first to break the news of the signing.
Some of Schultz’s best years appear to be behind him. Last season in in 46 games as a second pairing defenceman, he collected three goals and 12 points. He played with Jack Johnson in the postseason, who had been heavily criticized by Penguins’ fans. He also struggled to produce in the playoffs, as he finished with one point in four games.
However, this hasn't stopped the Capitals from offering him quite the expensive deal. We will see if the change of scenery and a healthy season will help Scultz's numbers as he moves to Washington.