During interviews with the media, General Manager Brian MacLellan has routinely fingered the 2016-17 season as the Capitals’ last season in a two-year window to win the Cup. That’s because nearly half of the team’s roster will be due new contracts. TJ Oshie, Justin Williams, Daniel Winnik, and Karl Alzner will be unrestricted free agents on July 1, while Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, and Philipp Grubauer are all restricted free agents.
With Brent Burns recently re-signing in San Jose for eight years, Karl Alzner is now set to become one of the top two defensemen on the 2017 UFA market. Nick Kypreos reported Saturday night during Hockey Night In Canada’s Headlines segment that Alzner could fetch a salary of up to $6 million per year on his next deal – a $3.2 million raise over his currently salary this season.
Hi, I’m Ian Oland. I’m the chauffeur and horse-musher of this very fine Caps bandwagon. I spent all afternoon with my hammer and nails, extending out the cab a few more feet. I heard a few more people would be joining us tonight.
First, we must travel to Secaucus, New Jersey, to pick up former Capital, 2007 Hall of Fame defenseman, and three-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Stevens. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner currently works for NHL Network as an analyst. He filled out his playoff bracket and picked our Caps to beat the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Photo credit: Bruce Bennett
The last few days, there have been a number of positive signs that the NHL lockout may be near an end. In a Russian interview, Ovechkin revealed that his soul was still in DC and in two seperate reports from The Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Rob Rossi and WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton, sources have revealed that the two sides are finally working together constructively.
Now, former NHL player and current Sportsnet broadcaster Nick Kypreos has gone a bit further, saying that Bettman, behind-the-scenes, wants a new CBA completed in a matter of days.
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