|And so, it begins.|
Semyon Varlamov: Rumors about Varly over the last three days have spread like wildfire, but it was confirmed last night that he has NOT signed in the KHL and his hometown team will not trade his rights to SKA St. Petersburg, his desired destination. At this point, there is literally no prediction as to what could happen with him tomorrow.
Troy Brouwer: The Capitals and Brouwer have supposedly been in contract discussions since he was acquired last Friday at the draft. Based on what the Caps gave up to get him and how glowingly George McPhee has spoken of him, he seems a lock to be signed.
Karl Alzner: Washington's most important free agent, Caps reporter Steve Whyno reported yesterday that there is a "significant gap" for Washington and Alzner to bridge before he signs. However, due to his essential role within the club and the price of signing another team's restricted free agent, it seems very likely that he will be back in DC.
Matt Bradley: The professor has not been offered a contract by the Capitals and does not expect his phone to ring with DC on the other end of the line. He appears to be out as a Cap, sadly.
Marco Sturm: Like Bradley, he has not been offered a contract and does not expect one from the Capitals. He, too, seems done in DC.
Scott Hannan: Hannan, like Bradley and Sturm, has not received an offer. He will test the market, but I could definitely see him coming back for the right price. There is a chance.
Jason Arnott: Arnott has received an offer, but is set to test the open market before making a decision. It seems unlikely that he is back at this point, given how much money he is likely to ask for. But you never know.
Boyd Gordon: No details involving Gordo's contract status have been released, but one would assume that George McPhee is working on holding on to his top defensive center for at least one more year. I think he is about a 60-40 chance to re-sign.
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