It’s that time of year again, the infamous “silly season”. Between the NHL entry draft and player free agency, the wheels of change are in motion. Here are the latest rumors and news bits from the world of the Washington Capitals for June 21st, 2018.
John Carlson – According to Pierre Lebrun, “Caps GM Brian MacLellan says he’s planning to meet tonight (Thursday) with Rick Curran, the veteran agent for pending UFA John Carlson”. Unrestricted Free Agents can begin meeting with any club beginning this Monday, but are not allowed to discuss contract values.
Todd Reirden – According to ESPN, “Caps GM Brian MacLellan intends to interview associate coach Todd Reirden next week and says it’s fair to figure head job is Reirden’s to lose.”
Barry Trotz – As per ESPN, “Caps GM Brian MacLellan “could’ve guaranteed” Barry Trotz was going to Isles. “I’m happy for him. I think he got what he wanted, and that’s a good opportunity for him. It’s a good payday for him, too. So it worked out good.” Trotz signed a five-year deal for $4 million per year with the Islanders on Thursday.
On Thursday, Trotz spoke about his decision to resign from the Capitals on Monday. “Trotz said it was “principle.” He didn’t feel like the value in his extension was fair for market value. “Love the area and the players…as I went to the Caps (about the contract) I said I think it’s unfair based on value around the league. Could anything be done? When I got the response…” it was time to move on.
Barry Trotz said assistant Lane Lambert and goalie coach Mitch Korn are candidates to join Isles coaching staff
Salary Cap – The NHLPA and the NHL announced on Thursday that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2018-19 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $58.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $69.15 million and an Upper Limit of $79.5 million. The Capitals are currently $15,715,705 under the $79.5 million cap.
By Jon Sorensen