WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Capitals have had to make some tough offseason decisions, or lack thereof, in preparation for the 2013-14 NHL season, after failing to advance further than the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the sixth straight year.
While the Caps have kept their core in tact, the team has allowed key auxiliary players walk, while parting ways with one long-time contributor.
Here’s a list of key offseason transactions involving the Caps, to give you a better idea of how next season’s roster is coming together:
- The Capitals re-sign defenseman Karl Alzner to a 4-year contract extension, which will keep the 24-year-old in Washington at $2.8 million a year through the 2016-17 season.
- The Caps signed a trio of players to one-year, two-way contracts, including defenseman Tyson Strachan, right wing Matt Watkins and goaltender David Leggio.
- Matt Hendricks signs with the Nashville Predators for 4-years, at roughly $1.85 million per season. Hendricks had 8 points last season, with 5 goals and 3 assists and spent three seasons with the Caps.
- Mike Ribeiro signs a 4-year, $22-million deal with the Phoenix Coyotes after failing to reach a long-term agreement with the Caps. The durable 33-year-old center tallied 49 points in 2012-13, with 13 goals and 36 assists through 48 games in one season with the Capitals.
- The Capitals ended a 7-year relationship with Jeff Schultz by placing him on waivers. The team bought out the final year of his contract after he cleared waivers, freeing him to sign with another team.
- Washington re-signed defenseman Tomas Kundratek to a two-year extension. Kundratek, 23, is a two-year veteran in the NHL, and signed with the Caps in 2011 after playing 8 seasons overseas.
The Capitals have yet to re-sign Marcus Johansson, the last remaining restricted free agent on the roster.