Other than the 2021 Expansion Draft and which player the Washington Capitals might lose, the contract status of captain Alex Ovechkin (who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday) was the biggest storyline for the team entering the 2021 offseason. After the Capitals completed their 2021 NHL Entry Draft selections on Saturday, General Manager Brian MacLellan provided an update on the current status of a new deal for the team’s greatest player.
According to The Washington Post’s Samantha Pell, MacLellan expressed that he anticipates getting a deal done prior to the start of free agency at noon on July 28.
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said he anticipates getting a deal done with Alex Ovechkin before the start of free agency on Wednesday.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) July 24, 2021
The 35-year old former first overall pick is coming off a 2020-21 season in which he scored 24 goals in 45 Games Played during the regular season. Ovechkin missed time during the regular season as a result of injury, as well as COVID-19 protocol. Ovechkin has been negotiating as his own representative with the Capitals, in a similar fashion to longtime teammate Nicklas Backstrom.
By Michael Fleetwood