The Washington Capitals qualified six of their restricted free agents before Tuesday’s 5 PM ET deadline to do so, including forward Andre Burakovsky whom many thought may not get qualified because it cost the Capitals at least $3.25 million, a hefty price for a player who has struggled to produce consistently throughout his NHL career.
#Caps extend qualifying offers to:
(F) Jakub Vrana, (G) Vitek Vanecek, (D) Colby Williams, (F) Andre Burakovsky, (D) Christian Djoos and (F) Chandler Stephenson
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) June 25, 2019
While it was reported today that forward Chandler Stephenson may not get a qualifying offer from the Capitals, he did. The Capitals did not qualify forward Dmitrij Jaskin, who can now become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
In addition to Stephenson and Burakovsky, the Capitals submitted qualifying offers to forward Jakub Vrana, defenseman Christian Djoos, goaltender Vitek Vanecek, and defenseman Colby Williams.
According to CapFriendly.com, the team currently has $9,235,706 left in cap space with 17 players on the NHL roster under contract. In addition to the restricted free agents, forwards Brett Connolly and Devante Smith-Pelly can each become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
By Harrison Brown