The Capitals have seen a lot of fan favorites leave this summer including Mike Green, Joel Ward, and Troy Brouwer. While seeing those guys in new sweaters is definitely weird, Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy took it to the next level when they signed with rival Pittsburgh.
Like, check out Oleksy in his new Pens’ hockey pants, socks, and helmet, with his new number 65.
I have some bad news to report. Former Washington Capitals third-line center and awesome human being Eric Fehr has joined the dark side (along with Steve Oleksy), signing a three-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
I also touched on the Caps’ depth forwards who would find themselves in the top six if poor play or an injury left a void there.
The Caps could stand to acquire some more scoring depth, but that’s an issue for another day. Today, we’re shifting focus to the Caps bottom six, specifically the third-line center role. Eric Fehr, who apparently won’t be re-signed, has been the team’s primary third-line center over the past two seasons.
But this isn’t Brian MacLellan’s Cup-winning team, it’s mine.
Unlike a top-six winger, the Caps can likely find a third-line center either internally or via free agency. Here are some of the options.
Lost in the shuffle of the Caps new third jersey news Tuesday night, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Caps general manager Brian MacLellan is trying to wrap up new deals with bottom-six forwards Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle. Meanwhile, it appears UFAs Joel Ward and Mike Green are all but certain to test the free agent market on July 1st.
On June 4, 2015, In Injury, News, By Nathan Burchfiel
On Thursday morning the Capitals announced yet another player has had an off-season surgery.
Eric Fehr had surgery on his injured elbow June 3. You’ll recall Nicklas Backstrom underwent arthroscopic surgery on his hip on May 27. Here’s what the team said about F-16:
Eric Fehr underwent a successful surgery on his elbow on Wednesday. According to the doctors who performed the surgery, if rehabilitation goes well, Eric will be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 regular season.
Fehr missed almost a month of the 2014-2015 season, including 10 playoff games, due to an upper-body injury. He becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and both Chris and Peter have suggested Frank might not return to the Caps next year.
Eric Fehr is a great many things: the greatest outdoor goal-scorer in the history of the NHL; alternately a first-line winger, a third-line center, or a healthy scratch; Washington’s second-most prolific shooter; and a children’s book author. Starting in July, he’ll also be an unrestricted free agent.
I think Fehr is one of the most undervalued and underutilized players on the Capitals roster, and he should be a priority for re-signing. Let me tell you why.