Caps Offer '11-12 Contracts to Five PlayersPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
The Capitals issued qualifying contracts to five restricted free agent players prior to today’s 5 p.m. deadline for contract tenders. Those five players are defenseman Karl Alzner, forwards Francois Bouchard, Troy Brouwer and Mathieu Perreault and goaltender Semyon Varlamov. In making the contract offers, Washington retains the rights to the five players and the right to match any contract offer made to those players by any other NHL team after the players officially achieve RFA status at noon this Friday, July 1. Washington has previously signed impending RFA defensemen Zach Miskovic (one year) and Patrick McNeill (two years) to deals for the upcoming 2011-12 season. The Capitals declined to issue contract offers to three players: forward Trevor Bruess and defensemen Joe Finley and Josh Godfrey. Each of those three players now has unrestricted free agency status and is free to negotiate a deal with any of the other 29 teams in the NHL. Of the five players to whom Washington did tender contract offers to today, only one – Brouwer – has arbitration rights this summer.
In the 15 years since the creation of USA Hockey’s National Development Team Program, the team’s footprint has grown bigger and bigger at the NHL’s annual Entry Draft. Washington dipped a toe into the NDTP draft waters over the weekend, using its sixth-round choice (177th overall) to select center