With the first round playoff loss to the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals will be looking to make some moves this off-season.
The Capitals first priority is to re-sign Alex Ovechkin. Emily Kaplan of ESPN.com reports Ovechkin was looking at $12.5 million per year before the pandemic started. With a flat salary cap, it is likely Ovechkin could get $8.5-$9.5 million per year on a 3-year deal.
Kaplan went on to state the Capitals will be looking to shakeup their roster. Kaplan reports, “there’s a sense around the league the Capitals are getting frustrated with first-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov. The 29-year-old carries a $7.8 million annual cap hit through 2024-25. Could Washington find a change-of-scenery trade, like the one GM Brian MacLellan engineered for Jakub Vrana earlier this season?”
As long as Ovechkin is with the Capitals, Washington will always spend to the salary cap and have a contending team for the Stanley Cup.