While the blogosphere contemplates, postulates and anticipates the NHL's Free Agency signing period, opening July 1st, Rock the Red will be keeping an eye on the latest updates surrounding the Washington Capitals' 4 Restricted Free Agents and 6 (+1 Bear) Unrestricted Free Agents. This will be updated accordingly as the off season plot unfolds.
The only factual news thus far is Tomas Vokoun'sproclamation that his signing with the Capitals was never intended to be mulit-year, and that he is leaving the team this off season in hopes of being picked up by another NHL team. If there aren't any takers in North America, he has claimed he will play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL where one of his best friends, former Nashville Predators teammate Josef Vasicek, was lost in last September's plane tragedy.
|Name||Pos||Age||Cap Hit||Latest Update||Information|
|Mike Green||D||26||RFA||$5.25M||05/18/12||"to retain his rights the Capitals are required to make Green a qualifying offer equal to his 2011-12 salary of $5 million."|
||C||36||UFA||$825K||05/16/12||Wants to continue playing, unsure of where.|
|Mike Knuble||R||39||UFA||$2M||05/16/12||Wants to continue playing, DC is "a great place to play"|
|Tomas Vokoun||G||35||UFA||$1.5M||05/16/12||Will continue playing, won't be back with Capitals|
|Dennis Wideman||D||29||UFA||$3.937M||05/16/12||"I'd love to be back"|
[Ed. Note: Na shledanou is "Goodbye" in Czech. Concider that a new wrinkle on your brain parts for today]