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How Much Is Tom Wilson Worth To The Washington Capitals?

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

Although there has been steady dialogue, a new contract isn’t “done or close,” said Wilson’s agent, Mark Guy. Washington owns Wilson’s negotiating rights, so it’s not a matter of if there will be an extension, but when — and how much. And because Wilson didn’t elect for arbitration, it’s unclear how late into the summer negotiations might last.

MacLellan’s preference is a long-term deal, and Guy said discussions so far have explored “something north of four years.” Wilson, 24, has already played five full NHL seasons, making that potential term at least two years beyond when he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent....

Wilson is coming off a career season in which he spent the majority of his minutes on the top line with captain Alex Ovechkin. He had 14 goals and 21 assists while playing an average of 15:59 per game — all career highs. He was again one of Washington’s top penalty killers, averaging 1:44 of shorthanded time per game. Although his physical style while playing a top-six role makes him stand out, it also led to three suspensions, one of which caused him to miss the season’s first four games and another that sidelined him for three playoff contests. The fear he instills in opposing players is part of what makes him effective.

That’s also hard to quantify and likely why Wilson didn’t elect for arbitration, typically a small bit of leverage for more experienced restricted free agents....

Washington has roughly $8.2 million in salary cap space with 20 projected roster players under contract, according to CapFriendly.com. Wilson’s previous contract was for two years at $2 million per season, and several industry insiders have ballparked the average annual value for his next deal at between $3.5 million and $4.5 million, depending on its length.

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The Cup In Moscow

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The biggest issue for Alex Ovechkin during the first of his two days with the Stanley Cup in Moscow was time.

The Washington Capitals captain wanted to give as many people in his hometown as possible the opportunity to see the Cup on Saturday. But even with the help of a police escort to navigate Moscow's notorious traffic, he felt like he was racing against the clock.

"You have so much that's going on in your mind, but as soon as you get it, you see the schedule," Ovechkin said. "You thought you were going to have 24 hours, right? But you basically have like 12 hours. So in 12 hours you have to do the maximum what you can."

Here's a rundown of how Ovechkin did it:

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Todd Reirden Named Head Coach Of The Washington Capitals

from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have named Todd Reirden the team's head coach, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

"We feel that the time is right for Todd to lead our hockey club," said MacLellan. "Based on his coaching experience, communication abilities, his approach to the game and the respect he commands in our locker room, we feel that Todd has earned this opportunity. Todd has played an integral part in helping lead our team to the Stanley Cup championship and we feel his appointment as head coach will enable our organization to transition seamlessly into next season and beyond."

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Michal Kempny Will Be Staying With The Washington Capitals, Four-Year Deal

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Michal Kempny to a four-year contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Kempny’s contract will carry an average annual value of $2.5 million.

Kempny, 27, a native of Hodonin, Czech Republic, recorded three points (2g, 1a) in 22 games with the Capitals last season. The Capitals acquired Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks for a third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Prior to joining the Capitals, Kempny had seven points (1g, 6a) in 31 games with Chicago.

During the Capitals Stanley Cup run, Kempny recorded five points (2g, 3a) in 24 games, including three points (1g, 2a) in the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights.

In 103 career NHL games, the 6’0”, 194-pound defenseman has recorded 18 points (5g, 13a) and 48 penalty minutes.

Kempny was signed by Chicago as a free agent on May 23, 2016.

Prior to joining Chicago, Kempny recorded 21 points (5g, 16a) in 59 games with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. Prior to his stint in Russia, Kempny recorded 60 points (21g, 39a) in 213 games with the Czech League.

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Devante Smith-Pelly Re-Signs With The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Smith-Pelly’s contract will carry an average annual value of $1.0 million.

Smith-Pelly, 26, recorded 16 points (7g, 9a) in a career-high 75 games with the Capitals this season. Additionally, the Scarborough, Ont., native recorded a career-high 103 shots. During the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run, the 6’0”, 223-pound forward was tied for fourth on the Capitals in goals (7) and scored in three-straight games in the Stanley Cup Final against Vegas. Additionally, Smith-Pelly scored the series-clinching goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against Columbus. In 48 career playoff games, Smith-Pelly has 13 goals, and his 0.27 goals per game rating is tied for the 47th-highest in the NHL among active players with at least 45 career playoff games.

Smith-Pelly registered nine points (4g, 5a) in 53 games with the New Jersey Devils during the 2016-17 season. During the 2015-16 season, Smith-Pelly recorded 25 points (14g, 11a) in 64 games with Montreal and New Jersey, earning career highs in goals, points and game-winning goals (5). In addition, Smith-Pelly earned a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on March 17, 2016, against Minnesota and recorded a career-long four-game point streak from March 10 to March 17, 2016 (4g, 2a). During the 2014-15 season, he recorded 20 points (6g, 14a) in 74 games with Anaheim and Montreal.

Smith-Pelly has recorded 93 points (40g, 53a) in 341 career NHL games with Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey and Washington.

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John Carlson Appears To Be Staying With The Washington Capitals

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The Latest On Soon To Be UFA John Carlson

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Washington Trades Brooks Orpik And Philipp Grubauer To Avs For A Pick

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GIF- And You Thought Covering The Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Yesterday Would Be Boring

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Why Did Barry Trotz Resign?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This was about money, sure. But it was about principle as well.

The Washington Capitals weren’t willing to pay Barry Trotz at a level commensurate to his peers, so the veteran head coach decided to step down just 11 days after bringing the franchise its first Stanley Cup.

It’s telling that in announcing Monday’s decision the Capitals expressed disappointment but praised Trotz: “Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”

It is those same qualities that drove him to walk away. In Trotz’s mind, the team left him no other choice.

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added 7:15pm, from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

“His representative wants to take advantage of Barry’s experience and Stanley Cup win and was trying to negotiate a deal that compensates him as one of the better coaches in the league — a top-four or five coach — so he’s looking for that type of contract,” MacLellan said Monday.

MacLellan said he was hopeful the two could agree on a “shorter-term deal,” but he said that a five-year term was a “sticking point” because that would have kept Trotz with the team for nine seasons and “there are not many coaches who have that lasting ability,” MacLellan said.

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