With the signing of Marcus Johansson, a new deal for their last remaining restricted free agent, Dmitry Orlov, likely will not be far behind. Johansson's $4.58 million cap has left plenty of room for the Caps to check the final item off of their summer to-do list.
The fact that Orlov has not yet re-signed with the Caps may raise some eyebrows, but there is no reason for concern at this point. As a restricted free agent, Orlov had the right to file for arbitration and chose not to. The Caps, likewise had the option and also passed. This would seem to suggest that both sides are on the same page.
Uncertainty over what Johansson's cap hit likely contributed in the delay for Orlov. Now the Caps don't have to worry about running out of cap room thanks to an arbitrator handing Johansson a massive award. With Johansson's new contract, the Caps sit just over $3.45 away from the cap ceiling (according to GeneralFanager.com), plenty of room to re-sign Orlov.
Last season, Orlov's salary was $2.25 million and his contract carried a cap hit of $2 million. A new deal will likely be in the $2.5 million range. Alzner is currently in the final year of a contract that pays him $2.8 million per year. It's hard to see the Caps going any higher than that for Orlov.
If they can keep it in that range, that will also allow the Caps to keep some cap room for call ups and possible injuries. General manager Brian MacLellan has hinted this offseason at keeping a 14th forward spot open for prospects cycling in through Hershey. Jakub Vrana, Zach Sanford, Chandler Stephenson, Travis Boyd, Riley Barber and Nathan Walker aren't likely to make the Caps roster, but each one could get some valuable NHL experience for a handful of games if the Caps are able to keep enough cap space open.
All of that depends, however, on what they can work out with Orlov. We should know sooner rather than later.
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