We’ve officially reached the lazy days of the off-season, but that doesn’t mean Capitals news and rumors have taken the summer off. Here is the latest Capitals news from the hockey world:
According to Elliotte Friedman, “I think Washington tried to get Evgeny Kuznetsov in that $6-million range, but realized that was not going to happen. The current CBA has that opening from July 1-5 where restricted free agents are “unprotected,” for lack of a better term and they rightfully worried what could occur. For all the issues the KHL has, it was going to find cash for him. Russia knows this is an enormous opportunity to finally win another Olympic gold and it went hard after players to stay home. It is impossible to prove what Kuznetsov was being offered, but the rumors were $10M for one season and $20M for two.” Kuznetsov signed with the Capitals for $7.8 million for eight years, AAV.
NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr met with the media this morning before hitting the links. Fehr was asked about the Olympics and Alex Ovechkin’s decision to attend regardless of the NHL’s decision not to participate. Fehr told Sportsnet Canada, “We’ve done the work. We discuss that with the player and his representative, but we don’t discuss it publicly. It is an individual club decision on whether he would go.” Fehr confirmed that the NHLPA has met with and discussed the situation with Ovechkin’s representation.
KHL reporter Aivis Kalnins is reporting that the Stan Galiev situation with Dynamo has been resolved, and it looks like Galiev will be heading to Ak Bars this season.
The Potential 2020 Lockout
This offseason has seen a rise in contract structuring that provides bonus payouts to cover a potential lockout in 2020. Players have been preparing for a stoppage in 2020 by negotiating bonus payouts in 2020-2021, so they are covered regardless. Donald Fehr told the media on Wednesday, “My judgement is that players would be foolish not to take into consideration the possible outcomes when the contract expires or either side terminates it early,” Fehr said Wednesday, per Postmedia. “They have to take that into account.”
T.J. Oshie and CSN’s Brian Mitchell participated in the Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic this week in Lake Tahoe.
For the second consecutive offseason, Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is hitting the kickboxing ring for part of his workouts.
And finally, Alex Ovechkin and his wife, Nastya released their official wedding video this week.
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By Jon Sorensen