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Now What Washington?

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Trotz trouble: Coach Barry Trotz’s contract is expiring. Throughout the season, it seemed likely he was moving on. The Capitals didn’t extend his contract, but they did extend associate coach Todd Reirden’s deal. It seemed as if the Caps were prepared for Trotz's departure.

Now, the Capitals own the Cup and it is evident that Trotz’s bond with this group is strong. Did you watch how players reacted to Trotz during the celebration? He is well-respected by his players.

It now seems like the Capitals would like to re-sign Trotz. But the cost will be high. Mike Babcock (Maple Leafs) is the NHL’s highest-paid coach at $6.25 million per season. Trotz will have to be paid in that neighborhood....

Carlson’s potential freedom: Defenseman John Carlson is crucial to Washington’s success and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He will be one of the hottest players in the market.

The good news is Carlson wants to re-sign in Washington. The problem: he could be worth $9 million or more on the open market. Will he give the Capitals a hometown discount?

more on each of the above and a few additional issues facing the Caps...

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I don’t think John Carlson is worth what he will get; career full of PP points based on tapping the puck to number 8, and second pairing duties. However even if they want to let him walk, they would need to find younger replacements on D and I don’t think they can. Supply and demand could dictate he gets $8M/5 years and this team starts to look really old quickly.

Posted by mtta on 06/09/18 at 07:16 PM ET


The problem with players getting this much is that it takes too much of a team’s resources to make it competetive with the top, too frequently. Particularly if they already have someone with a deal like that. I don’t believe it’s worth it to sign a single UFA to a deal that is 1/8 of a team payroll. If he wants to win, I think he should stay in Washington. If he just wants the money, he should move on. Washington is probably better off not trying to resign him if he demands that much money. I feel like this is becoming a thing in the NHL that players are looking for the career deal that pays them a huge chunk of the cap then the team is always just outsite looking in. Maybe I’m wrong.

Posted by teldar on 06/10/18 at 10:38 AM ET


Agree Teldar.

FA isn’t the spot unless a future HoFer is available in their prime.

Seems to be part of the way the players and agents make their money is not just going to FA but fleecing teams in term to do it.

Cant think of a single UFA signing that turned a club around of recent memory.  Could be wrong, just cant think of one.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/11/18 at 10:16 AM ET

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