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Caps waive Kundratek

Sep 25, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

Tomas Kundratek, David Clarkson AP

The Washington Capitals have placed defenseman Tomas Kundratek on waivers, according to the Washington Post.

Kundratek, 23, was caught up in a numbers game. The Caps have a glut of defensemen in the system — 10 remain on the active roster — and head coach Adam Oates suggested the team’s financial situation played a role.

From the Post:

“We’ve got a lot of guys. Obviously it’s a salary cap era, so there are factors involved,” Oates said. “Talked to him this morning, he’s a good hockey player. If he gets picked up, I hope he does well. If he doesn’t, I hope we see him again.”

Kundratek’s departure removes his $550,000 salary cap hit from the Capitals cap equation, giving them a little more room to maneuver with now $1,215,705 in space, according to Capgeek, before accounting for the possibility of adding Tom Wilson or any other prospect.

A former third-round pick of the Rangers in 2008, Kundratek was acquired by Washington in 2011 and played a decent role for the Caps last year, scoring seven points in 25 games while averaging over 16 minutes a night.

Given he’s only 23, has some good NHL experience and carries a pretty cheap contract, it’s very possible Kundratek doesn’t clear waivers and is scooped up by another team.

  1. jrocknstuff - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    He’s a serviceable young defenseman and he did a nice job filling in for us. I don’t mind the move to drop him, but I do think he will find a home somewhere this year. I’m sure it will be a 2 way contract, so he may not open the season with the big club, where ever he signs on.

  2. withseidelinn - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Flyers?

    • ibieiniid - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      nah. Flyers are 4mil over the cap currently, with 9 d-men (including Pronger) signed. Kundratek could most likely find a home on an NHL team. I was really impressed with him jumping to the Caps last year…. plus he’s cheap.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        “most likely” might be a bit overzealous. possibly is more like it.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Pronger is still on the Flyers pay roll, why wasn’t he one of the buy outs?

  3. capsfanone - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I wish it were Hillen instead.

  4. ludacrish05 - Sep 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Hillen is our St Louis

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