Why Hasn’t Eric Fehr Been Signed?

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When it was reported that Eric Fehr would not return to the place he had played all but 35 games of his pro career, many believed he would be snatched up quickly after another productive season in D.C. However, 21 days after July 1st, Fehr has yet to sign a new deal. With the Caps in need of another center if Marcus Johansson is let go after arbitration (which could happen, although Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post says it wont), a return to the Caps isn’t out of the question. But say Johansson does re-sign and he fills that third-line center slot. What happens to Fehr?

It’s important to note that a few days before free agency began, Fehr’s agent, who also represents former Capital Mike Green, stated that Fehr had interest from other teams; this was first reported by CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley. If that was the case, the 30-year old Fehr would’ve been under contract with another team by now. Perhaps those teams found other players to fill the need; or maybe Fehr’s agent was using that as leverage. Whatever the case, one of the biggest contributors to the Caps in 2014-15 is still looking for a job. And maybe, just maybe, the Capitals will be able to bring Fehr back. If that ends up happening, Fehr could get possibly three or four-years from the team. Again, this all depends on if Johansson returns. If Mojo ends up coming back, a reunion with Washington is likely out of question.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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