Here is the latest from the Washington Capitals “rumor mill” for the week ending 4/20.
John Carlson – According to Ray Ferraro of TSN, Carlson’s next contract will be 7×7 (seven years for seven million per). He also thinks Carlson will be avoiding options in Canada. “It won’t be 5 years …7x $7mm..can’t believe for a second he would sign in Canada.” TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie assessed Carlson’s market value on Friday morning, and he believes Carlson could become one of league’s top 10 highest-paid blueliners. “…..he’s going to get a six or a seven-year deal at $7 million-plus, is what he’s going to get,” McKenzie told TSN Radio Edmonton 1260. “That’s going to be the market value. And I don’t know if he’s going to get it from Washington. If he is, they’re going to probably have to move a few pieces around or what have you.
Ilya Samsonov – According to Aivis Kalnins, Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov will be signing with the team after April 30th. His current KHL contract expires on that date. With the Bears season now complete, it will be interesting to see how the Capitals begin to acclimate Samsonov and ease him into the system. Regardless, goalie depth in Hershey next season will obviously be a strength of the Bears.
Barry Trotz, Brian MacLellan – According to @DellowHockey, via Doug Maclean, the relationship between Barry Trotz and Capitals GM Brian MacLellan has been strained as of late, and possibly as far back as last summer. It’s looking more and more likely that Trotz will not be back next season, barring a deep run in the playoffs.
Ted Leonsis – In a recent article by Darren Rovell of ESPN, Ted Leonsis is making it known that on-site gambling at Capital One Arena is something he is pushing for. “If Leonsis has his way, fans are betting in his arena, on his app, making and tracking their bets using data prepared by a company that he partially owns.”
AROUND THE LEAGUE
According to NHL.com’s Drew Rosen, The Carolina Hurricanes have named former agent Paul Krepelka as their VP of Hockey Operations. He will be in charge of all player contracts and other hockey ops matters. He comes to Carolina after being the director of player personnel for the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals.
Now that he is 35, Ilya Kovalchuk is officially off the NHL’s voluntary retired list and is now an NHL UFA who can immediately negotiate and agree to terms with any NHL team. Can’t sign any deal until July 1.
By Jon Sorensen