Even before losing Nate Schmidt in the expansion draft, this was going to be an interesting offseason for the Washington Capitals. Their top two right wings are hitting unrestricted free agency and seemingly every young, foundational piece is a restricted free agent. Caps general manger Brian Maclellan figures to be busy over the summer.
Let’s take a look at where the Caps stand now and begin to figure out where they should go from here.
I used Cap Friendly’s Armchair GM feature to get a handle on the Caps’ salary cap situation right now. I then used Matt Cane’s salary projections for free agents to get cap hit values for the Caps important restricted free agents.
A couple quick disclaimers:
Yikes, this is a little ugly, especially on defense. However, this roster has $6.3 million in cap space, so this team is salvageable.
A few thoughts:
We’ll have posts about specific players the Caps could target coming soon, but this is what the current team looks like.
Want to give this a shot yourself? Head over to Cap Friendly and use their Armchair GM feature. Post your roster in the comments.
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