According to CapFriendly, the NHL and the players association have come to an agreement on extending players’ contract and work permits beyond June 30, when they were originally set to expire. The contract expiration date is expected to be extended to October 31 if this season’s return to play plan is approved, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman.
The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs will likely start around July 30, meaning the last possible day of the season could be around late September. Next season could start as late as December or January. The 2019-20 season paused on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On the Washington Capitals, goaltender Braden Holtby, forward Ilya Kovalchuk, and defensemen Brenden Dillon and Radko Gudas can all become unrestricted free agents after this season. In addition, forward Travis Boyd and defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler can become restricted free agents.
As is the case every year, it is expected that the day after contracts expire marks the first day where players whose contracts expire the next year can sign extensions. Captain Alex Ovechkin (UFA), forward Jakub Vrana (RFA), and goaltender Ilya Samsonov (RFA) will all be eligible to sign extensions on the first day of free agency this year.
Supposing the NHL salary cap stays flat at $81.5 million as has been previously reported, the Capitals will have $10,394,872 remaining in cap space with 16 players under contract for next season.
By Harrison Brown