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Capitals have ‘some flexibility’ against the salary cap

Jul 13, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

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The free agent frenzy the NHL experienced eight days ago has cooled off, and it appears the Washington Capitals might be waiting until September to see what remains out there.

The Capitals, as Chuck Gormley noted for CSN Washington, could have as much as $3.9 million cap space remaining, should the club come to terms on a deal with restricted free agent Marcus Johansson.

The Capitals already, according to, have 20 players signed for next season, and currently have $5.6 million in cap space.

They don’t have much room left on the roster, but could make depth moves closer to the start of the season with the cap space they do have.

“It’s never a bad thing to have,” Capitals general manager George McPhee told CSN Washington.

“We don’t know what develops, but it’s nice to have some flexibility to do things if we have to.”


  1. jrocknstuff - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    No reason to let Hendricks walk with that kind of cap space. He was the heart and soul of that team and they knew they weren’t keeping Ribiero, which easily opened enough room to sign Alzner and give Hendricks what he deserves

    • kyzslew77 - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Hendricks is a nice player to have around, but that contract is insane. I wanted him back too but not at that price (or term). GMGM was wise not to give him that. Glad he got paid, glad it wasn’t the Caps doing it. Same for Ribeiro.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        Well said. Hendy is nowhere near worth a borderline two million dollar player

  2. vshehane - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Nashville is the beneficiary of two Washington mistakes this year. Watched Forsberg at the final day of development camp this morning. Thank you.

    • kyzslew77 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Hey, thanks for Erat, he’s pretty good. If Forsberg is dominant in a couple of years, you win the trade. If he’s just OK, it’s a push.

      • vshehane - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        We really liked Erat in Nashville but he just quit trying. I hope he gets his enthusiasm back for you guys. He is a little fragile.

  3. kyzslew77 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Figure Johansson signs for ~$1.5 million per. Trade Chimera for a bag of pucks, that frees up $1.75 million. Sign Grabovski for $5.5 million per year.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      I don’t know about that, man. I’d rather try to hold onto some funds to see what could become available later in the season rather than overpaying for Grabber

  4. jrocknstuff - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    With Hendricks gone we’ve got nobody left to stand up for Ovechkin, nobody left to start a fight when needed. As for the Forsberg trade, he was way too much to give up for Erat. GMGM gave up on him before ever giving him a chance at the NHL level. Big mistake. Paying Grabovski would be a massive mistake. He’ll be the next to bolt for the KHL. This season will be McPhee’s last shot. The Caps have badly underachieved the past 5 years. If they don’t at least get to the conference finals this season, McPhee will be looking for another job.

  5. stakex - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    If the Caps are ever going to have a legit chance to win the cup, McPhee needs to go.

    I mean just look at the situation this year. The Caps only made the playoffs because Ovechkin had an incredible finish to the season, and were then beaten in the 1st round (including an embarrassing game seven). The team they had last year wasn’t nearly good enough, and what did McPhee do to make them better? He let their 3rd best player walk, and then failed to make any sort of meaningful additions… and this was during a fairly deep free agency.

    Bottom line is that McPhee seems almost timid about making big moves to improve the team, other then changing coaches. Ovechkin and Backstrom won’t be young forever, and he really better start think about surrounding them with players that have some actual talent or he’s not just going to be cupless….. he’ll also be jobless.

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