Mike Green is scheduled to become a restricted free agent after completing his four-year/$21 million contract, but it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that the Washington Capitals would give him a qualifying offer.
Green’s stock has fallen significantly after back-to-back injury-riddled seasons. All the same, the size of a qualifying offer is determined by your previous salary. In Green’s case, that meant the Capitals had to present Green with a $5 million offer in order to retain his rights.
In the end, they opted to give Green a qualifying offer. It wouldn’t be surprising if he simply accepted it and used the one-year contract to prove himself before seeking a long-term deal.
From Washington’s perspective, it certainly helps that they’re projected to have quite a bit of cap flexibility anyways. According to Cap Geek, they currently have $45,032,349 committed to 17 players. In other words, they can afford to add Green at $5 million and still have room to make a significant addition this summer.
They also sent qualifying offers to John Carlson, Jay Beagle, and Mathieu Perreault. Of the three, Carlson’s $826,875 was the richest.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.