Capitals make qualifying offers to five restricted free agents

July 2, 2013

Karl Alzner is among the five RFAs who received a qualifying offer from the Capitals (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The Capitals have extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Tomas Kundratek, Nicolas Deschamps and Peter LeBlanc the team confirmed Tuesday.

By submitting qualifying offers, Washington retains its negotiating rights to each of those players and has the right to match any offer sheet they might sign with another team, or receive draft pick compensation should it opt not to match. Three players — Mattias Sjogren, Danick Paquette and Dustin Stevenson — did not receive qualifying offers and will become unrestricted free agents at noon Friday.

The one-year offers serve as a starting point in contract negotiations and according to the numbers available at Capgeek.com, the minimum offers were as follows: $1.27 million for Alzner, $850,500 for Johansson, $660,000 for Kundratek, $726,000 for Deschamps and $577,700 for LeBlanc. Of those players, Alzner and Deschamps have arbitration rights.

Qualifying offers are open for acceptance beginning at noon Friday and will expire automatically at 5 p.m. on July 20, but it’s important to note that they’re a tool in the free agency process. Negotiations between the two sides can stretch beyond that deadline, as they did last summer between the Capitals and then-RFAs Mike Green and John Carlson.

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