Extra Money Helps, but Capitals Still in Tough vs Cap
June 19, 2017, 1:22 PM ET [35 Comments]
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Few teams were probably as happy as the Washington Capitals about the rising Cap.
While it didn't solve their problems entirely, and I am sure they wish it was more, it's still better than the cap staying flat.
The League's best regular season team will definitely be seeing some changes next year - they will lose either back-up goalie Philip Grubaur or defenseman Nate Schmidt in the expansion draft and they have a whole bunch of UFA and RFA players.
The Capitals are definitely losing Williams, Alzner, Shattenkirk and Oshie - and those won't be easy players to replace.
So they are losing four main players, a fifth to expansion, and they have only $25 million or so to replace them and re-sign Kuznetsov, Burakovsky and Orlov.
If you figure that costs a minimum $15 million to re-sign those three, that only leaves $10 or so Million to fill out the roster.
At that point, they would need: Two or Three defenseman and four or five more forwards.
Unless they can get rid of the onerous contract of Brooks Orpik, the Capitals may have to do something drastic.
They are facing the danger of being top-heavy and having a bottom of the roster that could be potentially terrible. Given the years of success, the team is not well stocked with prospects who look to be NHL ready.
Other than Jakob Vrana there aren't too many guys who look capable of helping next season.
So the cap went up, but probably not enough to truly help the Capitals.