At 5pm, the NHL’s mandatory deadline for players to file for arbitration passed.
Restricted free agent Tom Wilson, the Capitals last remaining high profile unsigned player, opted to not file.
Former Capitals defenseman and restricted free agent Nate Schmidt is still unsigned by the Vegas Golden Knights, but that will likely change soon.
On Tuesday, the two sides submitted their offers for their upcoming arbitration hearing held in Toronto on Thursday. They’re far apart, but they still have almost two days to negotiate.
What started with an apology from Caps PR Mogul Nate Ewell ended with information that sent the Twittersphere into a tizzy: The Washington Capitals have signed forward Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract. The pact is reported to be for $2.6 million and avoids a potentially messy arbitration hearing that was set to be heard Wednesday.
The important thing to remember here is that the Capitals were going to sign Fleischmann to a one-year deal regardless. You simply do not let a developed asset like a 20-goal scorer walk away for nothing, and avoiding arbitration helps preserve goodwill on both sides. The only important detail was: for how much?
And that seems to be the rub for most: $2.6 million is too much. But is it?
By 9 years ago
With Tomas Fleischmann’s arbitration hearing looming in the next few days it doesn’t look like the two sides will come to an agreement beforehand. GMGM moved pretty swiftly to avoid the courtroom drama with Fehr and Schultz indicating, at least to this writer, that the two sides are VERY far apart.
By 9 years ago
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