Does Mike Green want to re-sign with the Washington Capitals? Could they re-sign recently-acquired winger Curtis Glencross?
NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien cites a recent interview Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green gave to the Capitals blog Russian Machine Never Breaks indicating his heart “is in Washington. It always will be until something else happens. My focus is here.” Green is an unrestricted free agent this summer and he’s coming off a healthy and productive season. O’Brien points out, however, re-signing Green could be expensive. The Capitals have over $20 million invested in defensemen Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson, Karl Alzner and Dmitry Orlov next season. Green is coming off a contract paying him over $6 million annually. The Capitals must also re-sign RFA goaltender Braden Holtby.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley recently responded to a reader’s question asking if the Capitals might re-sign recently-acquired left winger Curtis Glencross, who’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. Glencross’ performance is a pleasant surprise to Gormley, who speculates the 32-year-old winger (earning $2.5 million this season) could seek a three-year deal which takes him into retirement. It will depend also upon how Glencross and his family adjusts to life in Washington and the Capitals’ depth on left wing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals currently have over $47.8 million invested in 12 players next season. Assuming the salary cap reaches the league’s latest projection of $71.5 million for 2015-16, they’ll have roughly $23.7 million in cap space. Assuming Green is willing to accept a pay cut to, say, $5 million annually and Glencross accepts $3.5 million annually, that’ll leave them with $15.2 million to re-sign Holtby (who’ll be due a big raise after his performance this season), fellow RFAs Marcus Johanssen, Evgeni Kuznetsov and Philipp Grubauer, as well as to replace or re-sign pending UFAs Joel Ward, Eric Fehr, Jay Beagle, John Erskine and Tim Gleason. Put simply, regardless of how well they play over the remainder of this season, it’s doubtful Green and Glencross will be re-signed by the Capitals.