Matt “Steve Perry” Carkner has done it. He’s finally landed the one-way deal that he has sought since being drafted ten years ago by the Montreal Canadiens. After an impressive training camp, exhibition schedule and first six games, Carkner has signed an extension for two additional years at a cap hit of $700k.
At the outset, there may be some subjective reservations about extending the contract of a 28-year old “Journey Man” who hasn’t played enough to deserve a $200k raise and a one-way contract. But what’s the risk? His salary is modest. If he cannot maintain his current level of play, the team can expose him to a trade, waivers or re-entry waivers down the road.
On the other hand, if Carkner’s solid play continues, the cost of retaining him would only increase as Carkner got closer to July 1st and unrestricted free agency.
By locking him up now, the Senators organization did themselves and Carkner a favour and I couldn’t be happier for the guy.