Saturday, April 27, 2013
Fallout from Neuvirth signing
By Victoria Matiash
By re-signing goalie Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $5-million extension, the Washington Capitals may have spent themselves out of the running to re-sign one of their coveted unrestricted free agents-to-be. Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports the Capitals have under $6-million of salary cap space -- barring other transactions, of course -- to play with for 2013-14. Not nearly enough to re-sign a couple of restricted free agents and ink forward Mike Ribeiro to a new deal.
"... With Neuvirth signed the Capitals have $58.6 million in salary committed to 20 players for the 2013-14 season, according to Capgeek. Defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Marcus Johansson will be restricted free agents this summer while Mike Ribeiro and Matt Hendricks are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 5. The salary cap next season will be set at $64.3 million ..."
"Bye bye Ribeiro ..." was Neil Greenberg's reaction on Twitter following the new Neuvirth deal. Without a doubt, the Caps would have to trade away a pricier body to have a shot at accommodating Ribeiro's future salary. Earning $5 million this season, the 33-year-old has been a point-per-game player for Washington.