The club narrowly avoided arbitration with the 25-year-old Swede who had 46 points in 74 games last season.
McPhee most recently served as special adviser to New York Islanders GM Garth Snow and before that spent 16 seasons as GM of the Washington Capitals. As the Capitals’ GM, McPhee oversaw a complete rebuild around star winger Alex Ovechkin that led to six consecutive playoff appearances before he was fired in 2014.
Chimera goes to New York on a two-year, $4.5 million deal that ends his run of seven consecutive seasons with the Capitals.
Wilson signed a two-year, $4 million contract, the Capitals announced on Thursday. He is due to make $1.75 million in 2016-17 and $2.25 million in 2017-18, according to the team.
Johansen, who was drafted 28th overall by the Capitals last Friday, missed the first day of development camp with an illness. He returned to the ice on Wednesday and was excited to be competing with his teammates.
The Nashville Predators pulled off a blockbuster before the start of free agency Wednesday by acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Shea Weber, a swap of All-Star defensemen.
Lindros was elected Monday in the 2016 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame that also includes the late Pat Quinn, Soviet star Sergei Makarov and goaltender Rogie Vachon.
Eller, who was acquired from the Canadiens last Friday, is expected to bolster the Capitals’ depth as the third-line center. The 27-year-old played both wing and center for Montreal and is eager to return to his natural position.
Toronto general manager Lou Lamoriello on Thursday said he’s going to keep everyone guessing — including the Arizona-born, 18-year-old Auston Matthews — until it’s time for the Maple Leafs to announce the selection Friday night at the NHL draft.
Trotz becomes the third head coach in Capitals franchise history to win the Jack Adams Award, joining Bryan Murray (1983-84) and Bruce Boudreau (2007-08).
Kane won the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night, becoming the first player born and trained in the U.S. to be named the NHL’s most valuable player.
The voting for the league’s best goaltender was not close thanks in large part to Holtby’s record-tying 48 wins last season.
The NHL will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday. The league’s board of governors met on a 109-degree day and voted to put an ice hockey team in the Mojave Desert’s gambling mecca.
The NHL Board of Governors is scheduled to meet Wednesday and expected to vote on whether to award an expansion franchise to Las Vegas.
The procedure addressed the injury Alzner sustained in Game 3 of the first-round series against the Flyers in mid-April and should have him ready for the start of next season.