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?”
NHL Trade Rumors also has the LA Kings showing some interest in Kuznetsov this off-season if they cannot land Jack Eichel.
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.