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The Detroit Red Wings have found a goaltender. The Red Wings have acquired Alex Nedeljkovic from the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes will receive Jonathan Bernier and a third-round pick in return. Bernier is a pending unrestricted free agent and has not signed with Carolina at this point.
Nedeljkovic, 25, burst onto the scene in Carolina this season, taking over the net when given the opportunity. After Petr Mrazek went out with injury, Nedeljkovic stepped in and posted a .932 save percentage in 23 games. He continued to play in the postseason for the Hurricanes, registering a .920 in nine appearances, but losing five of the games he played in. Nedeljkovic finished third in Calder Trophy voting as one of the league’s best rookies.
After that breakout performance, Nedeljkovic was set up for a huge raise in restricted free agency. The young goaltender was arbitration-eligible and could have landed a substantial award, something the Hurricanes did not feel comfortable paying. In Detroit, he quickly signed a two-year contract that will carry a cap hit of $3.0MM, which takes him to UFA status following the 2022-23 season. Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports that the deal will pay Nedeljkovic $2.5MM in 2021-22 and $3.5MM in 2022-23.
The Hurricanes now have three goaltenders, Bernier, Mrazek and James Reimer, who have all been starters in the past and will become unrestricted free agents on July 28. They do not have any real NHL options in the system, meaning there will be contracts to come at some point.
Weird. I get it from Detroit’s perspective but from Carolinas?
Stevie y with the steal of the year WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Really a 3rd and an UFA? Carolina not wanting to spend the 3.5
Especially considering that Reiner and Mrazek are UFAs as well.
Awful deal for the Canes. Martin Jones and Robin Lehner were traded for 1st round picks having proved far less. Just awful.
Wow what a terrible deal for the Canes. Wings fleeced them.
What in the hell is Carolina thinking? Please don’t tell me they think signing a guy like Andersen for more money is an improvement or signing Alex for less?
You can try to rationalize it through the arbitration argument but I’m sorry this is a step in the wrong direction for Carolina. If Bernier signs and is as good as he was last year getting him plus a 3rd makes this trade digestible but still probably leaves Carolina as the losers here imo
Well I may not know enough about this guy other than he had a good start but Wings just trusting the Yzerplan. Sure looks like a good deal at first glance.
Maybe Carolina want to draft that new kid from Sweden to play in goal?
Maybe he’s great, maybe he’s Andrew Hammond.
If this move is because they are cheap, well, then boo Dundon. But, if they don’t want to risk the peak years of a contending team with unproven goaltending, OK…now what?
Wings have time to find someone else if he’s no good before it matters, so, hard not to like their end. If he is good, steal. If not, not a big deal.
Wtf? Why does Carolina hate this kid?
It’s often true in life that the wealthiest people are the cheapest people you’ll ever meet. Apparently Dundon is one of those.
Why did Seattle not jump on this? Him with Driedger would have been great!
I feel like the canes are prepared to make a huge push at someone like grubauer. But even then, doesn’t seem like the best trade they could have made.
Right?? Grubauer is gonna make more than Ned anyways and Ned took the Canes just as far as Grubauer took the Avs!!
This isn’t even selling high by Carolina but I guess if Bernier is signed it’ll likely be an upgrade.
How is journeyman Bernier better than up and coming Nedeljkovic?
Bernier has consistently put up good numbers on awful teams. Ned has already once cleared waivers and could be a one year wonder.
I would always go with the younger, cheaper, (better IMO) guy, but that’s just me. I don’t run a team haha.
Bernier has been with 4 different teams in 6 yrs idk if he’s the answer lol
Only reason Ned cleared waivers was EVERYONE cleared waiver this yr except like Mete lol
He will be traded second part of the deal coming tomorrow stay tuned
I was thinking the same, Bernier is a valuable asset to the right team, the mrazek/reimer tandem is serviceable for now, or perhaps they go after a bigger fish.
Does Stevie Y have mob connections? Seriously he fleeced teams in Tampa, seems to have the inside on great drafting and now fleecing teams in Detroit.
As a Canes fan, my first reaction was negative. But the more I’ve thought about it, my attitude is to WAIT AND SEE what happens with Carolina and its goaltending. Surely, Bernier is not going to be the #1 goalie. Something else is going to happen, so I’m waiting for that.
As far as Ned is concerned, the Canes apparently did not have enough confidence in him being the starting goalie for the next several years. He played fairly well in the playoffs, but he had some difficulty with high-end competition. He’s 25, so the Canes may think that he’s already shown the best he’s going to be, and that just did not inspire long-term confidence.
If the Canes can do better, who will it be?
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Nedeljkovic, 25, is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights, and was reportedly going to ask approximately $3.5 million for next season.
Rather than agree to a contract, the Hurricanes traded the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) finalist.
Nedeljkovic agreed to a two-year contract with the Wings for $6 million ($3 million per season salary cap hit).
The Hurricanes then went to Nedeljkovic eventually in the playoffs, where he again impressed going 4-5-0 (2.17 GAA, .920).
But with the Hurricanes facing a bit of a salary crunch, and not willing to go beyond a certain figure with the young goalie, they made the trade.
Nedeljkovic will split the Wings' net with Thomas Greiss, and given Nedeljkovic's age, somewhat cures the problem of not having a goaltending prospect in the organization.
With Belle Tire, Nedeljkovic was teammates with Dylan Larkin, Kyle Connor (Clinton Township;/Winnipeg Jets) and Zach Werenski (Grosse Pointe/Columbus Blue Jackets).