Free agency does not start until July 1, but John Carlson's agent is already taking calls from other interested teams.
The interview period began at 12 a.m. on Sunday morning, which means teams are now able to reach out to any potential free agents, but no contracts can be signed until July 1. While Brian MacLellan said Friday that a new deal with Carlson to keep him in Washington was "really close," Carlson's agent, Rick Curran, has made it clear there was no deal in place yet as of Sunday.
John Carlson’s extension with WSH is not done, not yet anyway and UFA shopping period has begun. So, now what? Carlson’s agent Rick Curran: “As of the moment we do not have a deal in place with Washington and as permitted, I am getting/taking calls from other interested teams.”— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 24, 2018
So does this mean Carlson now has one foot out the door?
At this point in the negotiation, Carlson has a major advantage and that advantage is time. Sunday's interview period is just another way to hold the Caps' feet to the fire. The closer we get to July 1, the more pressure the team is under to get a deal done.
But the Caps still have some leverage too.
“I love it here and all that,” Carlson said during on breakdown day. “I want to stay here, but there's more to it than that.”
By rule, as his current team, the Caps are the only team that can offer Carlson an eight-year deal.
So Carlson may have turned up the heat a few degrees on the Caps, but it's not time for fans to worry just yet.
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