Defenseman Mike Green has declined the Capitals one-year qualifying offer of 5 million but is expected to continue negotiations with the team on a new contract.
Green, who made 5 million in each of his last three seasons with the Caps, had until 5 p.m. on Sunday to agree to the Caps offer and when he didnt he became a restricted free agent able to sign an offer sheet with another NHL team.
The Caps would have the ability to match or be compensated with draft picks, but its highly unlikely another team is willing to pay Green 5 million next season after watching him play in just 32 regular season games and score three goals last season.
On Saturday, Caps general manager George McPhee called Sundays deadline an artificial one, saying he believes agreements to new contracts for both Green and defenseman John Carlson were close.
I think weve had healthy discussions with both players and there are deals to be made there, McPhee said. I think thats something well get done sooner than later and they will be deals we can live with and they can live with.
Green, 26, managed just three goals and four assists in 32 games last season and has missed 81 games over the past two seasons because of a variety of injuries.
Carlson, 22, received a qualifying offer of 826,825 but is expected to negotiate a multi-year contract for a much higher figure. He made 787,500 last season while recording nine goals and 23 assists in 82 games.