Of the many decisions the Washington Capitals will make this offseason, one of the most intriguing is whether the team plans to continue moving forward with all three of its young goaltending prospects or alter the platoon of talent in net. According to a report from Dmitry Chesnokov, of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy and Sovetsky Sport, it may be the latter.
Pending restricted free agent Semyon Varlamov is unlikely to re-sign with the Capitals, Chesnokov tweeted, adding that a resolution about the goaltender’s future should come before NHL free agency begins on July 1. Washington has submitted a qualifying offer to Varlamov, 23, which gives the team the right of first refusal or draft pick compensation should he sign an offer sheet with another NHL team. If Varlamov were to leave for the KHL, though, Washington would not receive any compensation although it would retain his rights.
Last week, Sport-Express’s Slava Malamud spoke with Varlamov, who said he would like to return to the NHL even if it meant taking less money than what Kontinental Hockey League clubs might offer.
“My chances of staying in the NHL are high,” Varlamov told Malamud last week. “I would really like to sign a deal in America. Yes, even if it’s for less money than what I am offered in Russia.”
--In other news, the Capitals have placed defenseman Tyler Sloan on waivers. Sloan is under contract for the 2011-12 season at $700,000 and if the Capitals were to buy him out it would result in a salary cap hit of $233,333 each of the next two seasons according to Cap Geek. The deadline to buyout a player is June 30.