Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Caps Re-Sign Fleischmann

The Washington Capitals also avoided arbitration with Tomas Fleischmann, who was scheduled to meet on Wednesday, signing him to a new 1-year deal. The reports have been mixed, but the salary seems to remain the same across the board at $2.6 million, but there is a report of a $100,000 signing bonus, which would lift his cap hit to $2.7 million. I'm going to call it the latter for now, those signing bonuses do run rampant these days.

Fleischmann scored at a pretty good rate in 2010, picking up 51 points (23 goals and 28 assists) in 69 games, 0.74 points-per-game, which would have looked even better if he had managed to play in a few more games. His 51 points have him ranked 89th among all forwards, with some room to grow in 2011 and would be considered a pretty good gamble, if you decided to move him up a little bit.

Alex OvechkinMike GreenSemyon Varlamov
Alex SeminTom PotiMichal Neuvirth
Brooks LaichJeff Schultz
Mike KnubleJohn Erskine
Tomas FleischmannJohn Carlson
Eric FehrKarl Alzner
Jason Chimera
Matt Bradley
David Steckel

Salary CapThe Capitals are showing some good cap management skills, as they should be starting to look more and more at some depth players, with most of their skill already signed on. Right now, I have them with 18 players on their current roster for an annual cap hit of $52.9 million, leaving them with about $6.5 million for their remaining five roster spots.  The Capitals are without any more key restricted free agents, so now they should be looking within to get some depth, possibly one more unrestricted free agent and then the team should be built.  I don't expect too much more from Washington, but we can always be surprised, right?

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