With development camp wrapped up and the last of the Capitals’ restricted free agents signed, General Manager George McPhee acknowledged that after revamping the roster in July, there will likely be quieter weeks ahead.
“Summer starts tomorrow for us,” McPhee said at the conclusion of the final development camp scrimmage on Saturday. “We’re looking forward to that. I think we’ve worked hard and accomplished a lot this summer.”
To recap, since July 1 the Capitals signed Jeff Halpern, Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, Roman Hamrlik, Tomas Vokoun and Karl Alzner. Washington also traded Semyon Varlamov to Colorado for a pair of draft picks and sent Eric Fehr to Winnipeg to free up salary cap space. While McPhee said he doesn’t “anticipate anything else happening” he wouldn’t entirely rule out the possibility of another move, either.
“We don’t have any discussions going on with other teams right now,” McPhee said. “Obviously we’ll get back on the phone in a week or so, start talking to people and see what develops, but if we come into camp with this team as is, we’d be really happy.”
After the team re-signed Alzner for two years at $2.57 million last week, though, owner Ted Leonsis made it sound like Washington has completed its offseason alterations and is pleased with where the roster stands.
“We have done all that we said we would do this off season,” Leonsis wrote on Ted’s Take. “And perhaps even more. I know some folks wanted us to do even more. Some folks wanted us to do less. We did our best. We now get a little bit of time off.”