Will the Capitals re-sign Mikhail Grabovski, Jaroslav Halak and Dustin Penner?
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera broke down the Capitals unrestricted free agents to determine who could stay or go. Carrera writes Mikhail Grabovski is believed seeking a four-five year deal worth $5 million per season. If they feel young Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready to fill the second-line center role, they could part ways with Grabovski. It seems unlikely Jaroslav Halak will be back, though Halak didn’t fully dismiss the possibility. She doubts UFA winger Dustin Penner will be back.
WASHINGTON POST/CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Carrera and Chuck Gormley reports Grabovski is waiting to see what happens with Capitals GM George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates before making decisions about his future. He also said he wants to do what best for himself and his family. His agent said his client wants to play where he’ll have a chance to win a Stanley Cup. Gormley also reports Penner intends to entertain any and all offers as a UFA this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t blame Grabovski for wanting to see what organizational changes (if any) take place before deciding if he’ll re-sign or move on. Whoever is the Capitals GM by June, I expect they’ll try to re-sign Grabovski, as they need a player with his skill set. I think pushing Kuznetsov into the second-line center role will hurt the youngster’s development. Halak and Penner won’t be back.