Tom Gulitti of NHL.com: The Washington Capitals season simply ended and Alex Ovechkin is just not desirous about speaking about his contract state of affairs simply but.
“We simply misplaced in a playoff collection” Ovechkin stated. “Let’s discuss my contract and all that stuff in a while.”
Ovechkin will likely be 36-years previous when subsequent season begins. Ovechkin, GM Brian MacLellan, and Capitals proprietor Ted Leonsis have all stated they aren’t fearful about it.
Samantha Pell: Ovechkin on contract talks: “I’m assured. We nonetheless have time. Clearly, I wish to end my profession right here.”
Sammi Silber: Capitals T.J. Oshie when requested about Seattle:
“I wish to spend the remainder of my profession right here and retire right here… I’ve approached on daily basis since I’ve been right here like this would be the final group I’ll ever play for.”
Samantha Pell: Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov when requested if he expects to be again subsequent season.
“After all. I like this group. I wish to be right here. This group, the group, did a number of good issues for me and I imagine I’ve performed some good issues additionally.”
Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic: The Capitals are one of many older groups within the league. They gained’t have a lot cap flexibility this offseason. Will the Capitals determine to tweak their roster or will they go a little bit larger and retool.
Will Ilya Samsonov or Vitek Vanecek be their starter subsequent season? Samsonov has a better ceiling however was undependable this previous season – offseason ATV accident, two COVID stints, and late for a group operate. They’ll solely shield one for the growth draft.
Pierre LeBrun reported they may discover buying and selling Evgeny Kuznetsov as they might be rising bored with his antics.
If the Capitals don’t re-sign Alex Ovechkin earlier than the Seattle Kraken growth draft, they gained’t have to guard him. Ovechkin doesn’t have an agent and is dealing with talks on his personal.
Projecting who the Capitals will shield within the growth draft. If Ovechkin is signed, he’ll be on the listing. If he isn’t signed, one other ahead will likely be added – Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Anthony Mantha, Tom Wilson, Lars Eller, Conor Sheary, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Justin Schultz and Samsonov.