As the Washington Capitals continue to fill out their roster for the 2010-11 season, many of the team’s free agents have heard from General Manager George McPhee. In addition to learning that defenseman Joe Corvo and forward Scott Walker will not return to the team for the next season, Tarik El-Bashir reported that unrestricted free agent goaltender Jose Theodore has not heard from the team regarding a new contract. As we speculated in March, the Capitals will most likely go with their youthful backstopping tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Michael Neuvirth – each being much more salary cap friendly than Theo.
In his two seasons with the Capitals, Theodore posted back-to-back 30+ win seasons with save percents better than .900 in each season ( .900, .911 – respectively). He also compiled a 23 game streak of remaining undefeated during regulation play (20-0-3). This, coupled with his previous Hart/Vezina/Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award campaign of 2002 will guarantee he finds another team to play for next season.
It’s also been reported that another of the DC’s unrestricted free agents, Eric Belanger, is looking for a three-year deal with the Capitals. HockeyExpress.ca mentions that Belly understands Washington’s salary cap concerns, but “does not want to discount” to stay with the Caps and is looking for a three-year deal. They also mention that the toothless wonder would also consider offers from the Montreal Canadiens. (h/t to Japers’ Rink for the link.)
Tarik also reported that right winger Eric Fehr, hot off a personal best-setting season last year with 21 goals and 39 points, is in talks with the Caps for a “multi-year option.” Fehr is a restricted free agent this off-season.
Here is how the rest of the Capitals’ free agent class looks as we inch closer to free agent signing period which opens on July 1st.
|Name||Pos||Age||Cap Hit||Latest Update||Information|
|Nicklas Backstrom||C||22||RFA||$6.0M||05/17/10||Signed to a 10-year, $67M deal|
|Eric Belanger||C||31||UFA||$1.75M||06/08/10||In talks for a 3 year deal. Also talking with Montreal.|
|Joe Corvo||D||33||UFA||$2.625M||06/03/10||Will not be re-signed.|
|Eric Fehr||R||23||RFA||$772K||06/08/10||Discussing a multi-year option with the Caps.|
|Jose Thedore||G||32||UFA||$4.5M||06/08/10||No discussions regarding an extension.|
|Scott Walker||R||36||UFA||$2.5M||06/03/10||Will not be re-signed.|