"We like our team." (Sportsnet)
With the draft and unrestricted free agency approaching rapidly, the NHL is about to explode with activity. The salary cap is coming down, older players with big contracts are being compliance buyouts and will soon be unrestricted free agents, and trade rumors are swirling across the National Hockey League. And, as always, this means that Capitals fans are throwing together dream scenarios, playing general manager, and picking on players they want to see gone for various reasons.
Everyone is excited for the future, as is the case every summer in Washington.
Here’s the thing with the Capitals – they are backed against a wall. Massive salary commitments to Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, and even Brooks Laich and Martin Erat have left the Caps with a little more than $5.5 million in cap space to sign their two restricted free agents, Marcus Johansson and Mike Green. Along with them are unrestricted free agents on the team ...