Sunday, July 20, 2008

Capitals 2008 Offseason

So far this off season the Caps have made relatively few personnel changes from last season’s ending roster. A new number one goalie in Jose Theodore and the signing of Sergei Fedorov for another year were the biggest moves. The Caps also resigned upstart defensemen Mike Green to a four-year deal and center Brooks Laich to a three-year deal. Boyd Gordon and Eric Fehr were also resigned for the upcoming season. The only unsigned player is defensemen Shaone Morrisonn who is scheduled for an arbitration hearing on July 24th.

There are still a few questions moving forward. According to some salary cap sites the Capitals are sitting above the regular season cap limit of $56.7 million. They are allowed to exceed that number by 10% in the offseason. However, two players are still questionable as to their health. Brian Pothier is suffering from post concussion issues and Chris Clark has yet to recover from a debilitating groin injury. I do not foresee the Caps cutting their current payroll until they can determine what is going to happen with these two players. If Clark and Pothier cannot go then they will be placed on the long term injury list and the Caps can exceed the regular season salary number by the amount of their salary.

It will be pretty quiet until September when rookie camp opens up. Training camp starts 21-days prior to the season opener. So enjoy rest of your summer and get ready for a season of high expectation to come.

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