The Washington Capitals are in full swing in free agency talks with the stars that won DC it’s first major sports title in 26 years. Here’s a look at the list and where the team stands:
John Carlson (SIGNED!!): I was thrilled when the Caps announced Carlson had agreed to a long term deal, eight years, $64 million. He is a “hybrid defensemen” meaning one that has offensive capabilities as well as his stellar defensive skills. This signing really told us the Caps are serious to try and defend the cup.
Michal Kempny (SIGNED?): Multiple reports have Kempny signing a multi-year deal with the Caps. That would bring the Caps top four defensemen back next season. Kempny has shown tremendous potential as a key component down the stretch en route to the Stanley Cup.
Jay Beagle (Unrestricted Free Agent): Beagle has been a critical component for the Caps the past few seasons. Not only is Beagle a master at the faceoff Circle, he helps get the young players up to speed as a mentor. According to Tarik Al-Bashir of the Washington Post, it looks like the Caps will be talking to Beagle in the coming weeks. He is patiently waiting while they take care of other key contracts. Vancouver has expressed interest in Beagle in the past week. We shall see how this goes down.
Tom Wilson (SIGNED…potentially): Reports from Washington Times Sports Reporter Adam Zielonka indicate the Caps extended an RFA (Restricted Free Agent) qualifying offer to Wilson in hopes of locking him in long term by the end of the summer. This would be a huge signing if the Caps can get this deal done.
Devante Smith-Pelly (SIGNED!): I admire Smith-Pelly a lot and was very pleased when the Caps got him from New Jersey. He is loyal to the process and was happy to re-sign for less with Washington to defend the cup. I think his potential only goes up from here and he is on pace to have a career year next season.
Philip Grubauer (TRADED TO COLORADO): As the Caps season came to a satisfying end, Gruby was on the end of the bench soaking in all the glory of reaching the mountaintop. He had a tremendous opportunity to establish himself as top dog in DC but we all know the result. Getting pulled after 1 1/2 playoff games, Holtby took the reins back and never let them go. Grubauer will have a great challenge to get the top spot in Colorado as Varlamov won’t let the starting job go easily. I am happy to see the Caps give Gruby the chance he deserves.
Alex Chiasson (FREE AGENT): Chiasson played 61 games for the Caps. He did not play at all in the Vegas series, being a healthy scratch throughout. It’s unclear if he will be back with all the young talent the Caps possess.
Madison Bowey (Restricted Free Agent): While Bowery didn’t play at all in the postseason, he holds tremendous potential at 23 as a defensemen. I think the Caps will get a deal done.
Who stays and who goes? Keep following Friends in Cold Places for further updates. Let’s go Caps!