On Sunday, unrestricted free agents began speaking to other NHL teams to gauge potential interest for next season. No contract can be signed until July 1st, and technically no contract terms are able to be discussed, but the window is now open for chatter.
Friday, the Capitals took the top forward and leading goalscorer among this year’s UFA class, TJ Oshie, off the board, re-signing the Sochi hero to an eight-year, $46 million contract.
With Oshie back and the need to re-sign five core restricted free agents, the Caps are unlikely to resign any of their other four UFAs: Justin Williams, Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner, and Daniel Winnik.
“I would imagine we’re done, depending on if something happens transaction wise,” MacLellan said to reporters at the NHL Draft in Chicago. “I would assume we’re done.”
But it sounds like Williams and the Caps are still exploring ways to potentially bring back the three-time Stanley Cup champion.