Found June 29, 2012 on Rock the Red:
The Washington Capitals enter the free agency period on July 1 with several question marks and holes to fill.  General Manager George McPhee has already named a head coach and acquired the much-needed #2 center in Mike Ribeiro.  The team's next steps are filling out the rest of the roster and coaching staff, all while assuming business as usual which might not be the case come September.  The good news for the Washington Capitals is the salary cap is set at $70.2 million for next season.  That's assuming of course there is a next season or that the Collective Bargaining Agreement that is agreed upon for next season even includes a salary cap.  Assuming no changes to the salary cap, the Capitals currently have $49.4 million tied up in two goalies, five defensemen, nine forwards, one injured player and one buyout.  That means the Capitals have approximately $21 million left to sign their existing restricted free agents and targeted unrestricted free agents.  Read on for the C...

Capitals Won’t Over-Pay On A Free Agent

from Katie Carrera of The Washington Post, Based on the new cap figure, the Capitals have roughly $20.8 million to spend. If Washington re-signs restricted free agents Mike Green, John Carlson, Jay Beagle and Mathieu Perreault at their qualifying-offer salaries, it would have $13.8 million in space. Even if those players return with raises on new deals, the Capitals will have plenty...

Should the Capitals Trade Marcus Johansson?

Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty When developing players, organizations often come to crossroads.  Is this guy who we really thought he was?  Do we want to build around him? Is he expendable, or an untouchable? Among many fans and media, such has become of Marcus Johansson. The 21-year-old Swedish center, who recently finished his second season in the NHL, has not been terrible in...

Rock the Red Radio Talks Capitals Draft, Coaching

  How did the Capitals fare at the NHL Draft?  How will Adam Oates fare as Capitals coach?  Jack Anderson, Capitals correspondent for NHL Home Ice on Sirius XM Radio, joins Andy Green and Harry Hawkings of as we talk NHL coaching on Rock the Red Radio.  Got questions for us?  Call in at (347) 324-5261!   Click here to listen in As the podcast series continues...

Adam Oates takes his crack at Alexander Ovechkin

As an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils, Adam Oates helped goal-scoring winger Ilya Kovalchuk became a better all-around player.Now he turns his attention to Alex Ovechkin. Oates, the latest Capitals head coach, will have his hands full getting Ovie back on a his superstar track.“Ilya is a great guy and he made those adjustments willingly and it was a huge part for him...

The Oates Plan

from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, As the new head coach of the Washington Capitals, Adam Oates said he plans to implement a style similar to what he saw from the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup finals: An in-your-face brand of hockey that dictates the course of a contest, balancing offensive intensity with sound defense. What he doesn’t want...
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