T.J. Oshie – What Will He Cost the Capitals?


The Washington Capitals have a long summer ahead after a disappointing 2nd round playoff loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  With salary cap constraints and a handful of free agents, Capitals brass will have some tough personnel decisions in the upcoming months.

One of the most notable unrestricted free agents for the Capitals is T.J. Oshie.  Oshie, 30, was a 2005 1st round pick of the St. Louis Blues, and just spent his second season with the Capitals.  Oshie will face plenty of suitors if he hits the open market on July 1.


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Oshie has played in almost 600 regular season NHL games.  He recorded a career high 33 goals with the Capitals this summer, and played primarily on the Capitals top line next to Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.  In Oshie’s 9-year NHL career, he has put up 50+ points in 5 of those seasons.


Oshie is a strong skater that is quick to retrieve loose pucks.  He is a strong forechecker, and is not afraid to throw a body check despite his smallish frame.  Oshie is a shootout specialist, as evidenced in the video below.

Oshie is likely the Capitals best utility man.  He can be used in all situations for the Capitals.  He is featured on the Capitals top powerplay unit, and he is also one of the club’s top penalty killers.


Since Oshie played next to Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin most of the season, he would tend to pass up shots too often in various games.  Among the Capitals regular forwards in the top 6, he was ranked 5th in shots on goal in the group.

Overall, there are not many flaws that stick out about T.J. Oshie.  Since he is likely the Capitals best overall player in terms of versatility, it is hard to pinpoint things that he does not do well.


Loui Eriksson (VAN) ($6m cap hit)

Patric Hornqvist (PITT) ($4.25m cap hit)

Joe Pavelski (SJ) ($6m cap hit)

Kyle Okposo (NYI) (6m cap hit)

The comparable players listed above were chosen based on similar point production and roles within their respective clubs.


Since Oshie is likely going to be one of the top forward free agents on the open market, he will have plenty of teams looking to sign him, including the Capitals.

Oshie’s biggest obstacle at this point is his age.  At 30, the downward spiral for a player’s career can begin, so teams will use extra caution with this for his next and presumably final contract.

Loui Eriksson and Kyle Okposo were two of the biggest free agents on the open market last summer.  Both players received 6 and 7-year deals respectively, which will push both players into their mid-30s when their deals expire.

Oshie will likely receive something similar on the open market.  A 6 or 7-year deal is feasible, and his average cap hit could even hit around the $7.5 million range.  If Oshie re-signs with the Capitals, he will likely need to take a contract that is less than what he will make on the open market.  A contract that he signs with the Capitals will likely fall somewhere in the $6-6.5 million range.

While it may be a steep price for a player that is now 30 years old, goal scoring is at a premium in today’s league.  30-goal scorers rarely hit the open market in today’s league, so Oshie will be considered a hot commodity by many suitors.

By: George Foussekis

About George Foussekis

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17 Responses to T.J. Oshie – What Will He Cost the Capitals?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Time to pay up! He is worth it

  2. Anonymous says:

    Love Oshie….gives 100% every game. Worth every $$….and give him the “A”!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    If Caps want him …pay him….I am from St Louis and have become a Caps fan…..but hope he signs with the Wild. Why give Washington a discount…this might be his last contract…take the money and terms. Hate the Blues since the trade.

  4. Jon says:

    Very exciting player….great effort every night…great on and off ice…PAY HIm…teams do it for bad players…so do it for a good one

  5. Jeppe says:

    Not sure about this. We can’t be sentimental, I believe that Kuzy, Orlov, Burakovsky are prio 1.

  6. Payl says:

    I have the Nhl network….watch every Cap s game…Kuzyst and Burly are good but Oshie is the heart of that team….Ovi is slow and bad defensively…if they don’t pay….no playoffs next year

  7. Justin says:

    If the Caps don’t want to pay him….send him to the islanders…..love the way that guy plays

  8. Lauren says:

    Wish the Blues would sign him. If he becomes UFA on July 1. The price will only go up…Have always thought he was a great player and Hitch is gone. .so come back

  9. Scott says:

    He is a Capital. Give him the C ….put Ovi on 3ed line 65-19-77 best line in hockey!!! Pay him Ted get rid orpik…..give him the 7M for 6 years….if not won’t see me at games

  10. Anonymous says:

    Oshie should come home to Minny…..Wild please make it happen

  11. Mike says:

    Vegas Knights want him to be face of their franchise. He would be great! Heard he won an award from the Washington press for his way with them…he could get the dollars and years with us.

  12. Shannon says:

    Do the Capitals want to contend for a cup the next few years? If so sign him…Ovi makes $10M…..give Osh $7M…..he is worth it.

  13. darrell says:

    Plays way bigger than he is……great team player…..Barry said he is everything a Washington Capital should be. Make the deal or someone else will……great guy

  14. Mary says:

    I am sick of the Caps saying they can’t pay Oshie the 6.6M-7M that he deserves….find a way….you found a way to raise ticket prices….very sick of it

  15. Anonymous says:

    The Caps will never win a Stanley Cup. Give Kuzy 6M and watch him disappear during the season…..I would take Oshie over him any day. Mac and Ted are jokes if they let Oshie go

  16. Caps fan for 30 years says:

    I’d say pay to keep Oshie, and make him or Backstrom captain. We need to look into trading Ovi. He’s not worth the money he gets and not a good captain. Use the money we save by getting rid of Ovi and keep the good ones.

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