Performance Bonuses From This Past Season To Cost Capitals $100,000 In Salary Cap Space For 2022-23

Due to defenseman Martin Fehervary ($80,000) and right-wing Brett Leason ($20,000) hitting benchmarks for performance bonuses this past season, the Washington Capitals will have $100,000 less wiggle room under the 2022-23 NHL salary cap.

The salary cap is expected to increase to $82.5 million on July 17, $1 million more than each of the previous three seasons.

This would give the Capitals $12,528,334 to re-sign right-wing Marcus Johansson (pending unrestricted free agent), center Johan Larsson (UFA), defenseman Justin Schultz (UFA), defenseman Michal Kempny (UFA), defenseman Matt Irwin (UFA), goaltenders Vitek Vanecek in addition to Ilya Samsonov (restricted free agents), and add in free agency or trades barring salary moving out.

Left-wing Conor Sheary, defenseman Dmitry Orlov, defenseman Nick Jensen, and defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk are among the Capitals eligible to sign contract extensions on July 17. All can become unrestricted free agents after next season.

By Harrison Brown

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3 Responses to Performance Bonuses From This Past Season To Cost Capitals $100,000 In Salary Cap Space For 2022-23

  1. steven says:

    First immediately pout Tom on LTR. That saves a lot there. Then let Johannson, Schultz, Kempny and Larsson walk as there is no need to keep old, overpaid unproductive players as this team needs to reduce salary. Pick a goalie and trade the other and hopefully gmBM can sign a good goalie for the next 2-3 years and if not then keep what you have and resign both one for 2 years the other for 3 years. REsign Irwin and bring up both Johansen and Alexeyev. Trade Carlson to a contending team that thinks they are agood D away from advancing to orwinning the Cup and take whatever they offfer that is fair for an aging vet. With Carlson gone offer TVR and Orlov raises this summer for either 3 to 5 year deals. Jensen gets a smallraise for a 2 year deal. Also unles tere are multiple forwards that are ready for the 23/24 season give both Sheary adn hathaway raises nut trade Eller and let McMichael and Lapierre fight for the center roles on the 2nd and 3rd lives as both Hagelin and backy need to medically retire. Also in 2 summers you have mantha and Wilson come up as UFAs and the year after that you have Backy (if he is still playing,dont thinkthey will allow wheel chairs), Kuzy and Oshie. So maybe NOW is the time to start trading older players for picks adn younger players. Now have a question…..Do Gersich and Pinho have any possible way of making the roster in Wash? Could Hunter Shephard be in washington by the end of next season? Yesall fans and players and coaches and owners want to win the Cup however this is not a Cup team at this point in time. Maybe Ovie and his race to catch and pass Gretzky will carry the interest of most through the rebuild.

  2. jbsets says:

    Totally confused. Thought one of you guys said that the expectation was to drop Schultz, Kempny, and Irwin to free up cap space. Now you’re saying to resign them?

    • steven says:

      The only one I see with a chance of being resigned is Irwin because he will come cheap, he is a vet and can sit for long periods and still be effective.

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