As of Saturday the Capitals had more than 16 million in salary cap space. By the end of the weekend they may have a lot less.
The deadline for restricted fee agents to accept NHL qualifying offers is Sunday and according to general manager George McPhee, defensemen Mike Green and John Carlson are close to being re-signed.
When youre negotiating in good faith and trying to get it done, I dont think anybody is trying to squeeze anybody on the other side, McPhee said. In some ways, Sunday is an artificial deadline.
In other words, if Sundays deadline passes negotiations can continue.
I think we had healthy discussions with both players and there are deals to be made there. I dont expect Sunday to be a big day. Its something that will get done sooner than later. They will be deals they can live with and we can live with.
Green, 26, recently completed a four-year, 21 million contract that carried a 5.25 million cap hit. Injuries have limited him to just 81 of a possible 164 games the past two seasons, which could drop his earning power below last years numbers.
Carlson, 22, is coming off a three-year, entry level contract that paid him 2.625 million and carried a cap hit of 845,833. He played in all 82 games the past two seasons, totaling 16 goals and 53 assists.
As a potential top two defenseman, Carlson will receive a big raise in his new deal, possibly setting the stage for Karl Alzner, who becomes a restricted free agent after next season.
Were talking and I think theres a deal to be made there, McPhee said. Hopefully, we can iron it out today or tomorrow.