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Caps prospect Chase Priskie will become a free agent, according to report

Caps prospect Chase Priskie will become a free agent, according to report

 

Defensive prospect Chase Priskie has informed the Capitals that he will not be signing with Washington and will instead wait to become a free agent on Aug. 15, according to Bob McKenzie. Priskie was a sixth-round draft pick by the Caps in 2016 and has become a highly regarded prospect after four impressive seasons at Quinnipiac. 

Washington attempted to sign Priskie in 2018, but he elected to return for his final college season. 

Priskie’s decision does not necessarily mean he will not sign with Washington, but obviously makes it far less likely. He can only sign with the Caps until Aug. 15, but will be free to sign with any team after that. As a highly regarded prospect, general manager Brian MacLellan could gauge interest in a possible trade, but with no guarantee Priskie would sign with the new team, Washington is unlikely to get much if anything in return.

College players remaining in school four years and holding out for free agency is a growing trend in the NHL as it allows young players the chance to pick and choose their team. That is an enticing prospect considering restricted free agent rules prevents players from getting to free agency for several years into their professional careers.

What further complicates Priskie’s situation with the Caps was that the team is already at its 50-contract limit, meaning it could not sign Priskie for this season like it did with Shane Gersich in 2018. Instead, he would have had to sign a contract for next season. It is unclear if that played a role in Priskie’s decision, but it is one reason why free agency would be more appealing.

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Tom Wilson thanks healthcare workers, reflects on Caps' season in Instagram post

Tom Wilson thanks healthcare workers, reflects on Caps' season in Instagram post

Saturday, April 5, was supposed to be the Capitals 2019-20 regular season finale.

But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL has been suspended since mid-March. There's nothing but uncertainty ahead.

For Capitals forward Tom Wilson, being at home on Saturday night instead of taking the ice for the team's season finale resonated with him. Wilson took to Instagram to post a reflective photo, calling it a privilege to wear the Capitals uniform and thanking everyone that is doing a part to help combat the spread of the virus.

"Feels weird to think our last regular season game would have been played last night," Wilson wrote. "With the future uncertain, it is sometimes nice to reflect. It is a privilege to wear this jersey every night we play. I hope everyone is staying safe and thank you to everyone who is working so hard to keep us safe."

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Wilson has been using his unexpected off time to give back to the community. Earlier this week, Wilson delivered an inspirational message and sent gifts to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to help children going through unforeseen changes due to the pandemic.

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Watch T.J. Oshie teach his daughter Lyla how to ride a bike

Watch T.J. Oshie teach his daughter Lyla how to ride a bike

Despite the circumstances, the past few weeks have been an exciting time for the Oshie family.

Just over two weeks ago, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their third child into the world, Campbell.

But on Sunday, it was the couple's oldest child, Lyla, that stole the show.

Lyla, who just turned six last month, accomplished something that she will remember for years to come: learning how to ride a bike.  

How adorable is that?

As Lyla bikes up the driveway, T.J. is a step behind her, making sure she doesn't fall. The Caps winger had an ear-to-ear grin on his face, such a proud dad.

With the NHL season on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, hopefully more Papa Oshie content comes as a result.

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