Over Memorial Day weekend, Ian was the first to uncover a report by John Shannon of Sportsnet that the Caps and TJ Oshie were close to reaching an agreement on a new contract. While this news was welcomed by many, it also came as a bit of a surprise, as it was widely expected that Oshie would sign elsewhere in free agency due to salary cap restrictions in DC.
We’ve written here previously about the fact that Oshie’s value on the open market will be somewhere around 6 years and $6 million per year. Even if Oshie takes a bit of a discount to stay in DC, it’s still really hard to see how the Caps will fit him under the salary cap. If the Caps are intent on re-signing Oshie, there’s only one way it seems like it will be possible to fit him under the salary cap: The Caps will have to get rid of Brooks Orpik’s contract.