PITTSBURGH That creaking sound youre hearing is the door closing on soon-to-be former Capitals Alex Semin and Dennis Wideman.
Asked Saturday if there is anything new with possible negotiations with the two veterans, Caps general manager George McPhee said, Not at this point. Well get back to that stuff this week.
Asked if Semin and Wideman are likely to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, McPhee nodded his head and said, Yeah, they might.
In all likelihood, only one of the 11 players acquired by the Capitals at this weekends NHL draft will be with the team in October, and thats veteran center Mike Ribeiro, who was picked up from the Dallas Stars.
Theoretically, that would leave the Caps with the following top two forward lines:
Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera-Mike Ribeiro-Marcus Johansson
Is that good enough to compete for a playoff spot in the East? Maybe. But the Caps will have close to 10 million to spend on free agents on July 1 and they could use another goal scorer up front and a steady hand on defense.
I dont mind where we are, McPhee said. Well explore some things in free agency but I dont think were desperate to do anything.