That does NOT mean they will all be back within the organization but it does mean the Caps can match any offer they bring in.
If Bourque signs in Russia, which has been reported and he confirmed that he is TALKING to them, the Caps have no options as there is no agreement between the NHL and KHL for that type of thing.
I would be shocked if the other 4 weren't back in the organization next season and would be really surprised if more than 1 of them weren't in Hershey next year. But you never know.
In other news, Caps GM George McPhee says the team will be active in free agency but don't expect any big news. He also discussed the prospects:
- He hinted that Perreault could be NHL ready and might get the opportunity to play on the 2nd line with Semin. I think that would be the right move.
- He mentioned that the organization thinks Marcus Johannson (09 1st rounder), Cody Eakin, and Evgeny Kuznetsov ('10 1st rounder) might be ready for the NHL in the next season or two.
- He confirmed that the Caps will go with Neuvirth and Varlamov in goal next season. (Again the right move) So in Hershey we will see Holtby and someone Hershey brings in to share the load....hopefully that will be Bacashihua but we will have to wait and see.
Free Agency starts tomorrow...lots of the questions will be answered early on as far as the Caps are concerned. But most of the Bears questions will not be known until later in the month and summer.
One more thing...are you interested in watching the Calder Cup Finals again?? You can this Saturday from 10-6 on NHL Network. They are showing games 3-6 back to back starting at 10am.