Although Brett Connolly didn’t see the ice much in the playoffs, it sounds like the Capitals are very interested in re-signing the winger.
Capitals GM Brian MacLellan confirmed on Tuesday that the team has already engaged in substantive discussions with Connolly’s agent.
“We have his rights,” MacLellan said. “We’ve talked a couple of times about contract with his representative. We’ve been close a couple times.”
MacLellan indicated that he envisions Connolly’s role in 2017-18 to be similar to the one he played this season—on either side of the third or fourth forward lines.
Connolly, who was signed to a one-year, $850,000 contract last summer, had a career year this winter, amassing 15 goals and 8 assists in 66 games. The 25-year-old overcame a slow start and became an integral part of the Caps’ third line in the second half of the season.
In the playoffs, though, Connolly did not record a point against Toronto, then did not see the ice after Game 1 of the Pittsburgh series.
“I’d like to have him back,” MacLellan said. “He’s a young guy who still has some upside. I thought he had a very good year this year.”
Connolly said recently that he wants to return to Washington and believes he can build on the breakout campaign he enjoyed this past season.
“Again, I’d love to be back,” he said. “I thought it was a good fit, and I feel that I can take the next step with this organization and be a better player next year than I was this year.”
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