Karl Alzner’s agent J.P. Barry said in an email Thursday that he is still negotiating with the Capitals and expects to continue discussions about a new contract for the young defenseman with assistant general manager Don Fishman.
Alzner, 22, is the only remaining restricted free agent off last year’s NHL roster that has yet to be signed, and based on previous comments from Barry, the two sides are still trying to bridge a gap in salary on a deal.
Earlier this summer, the Capitals submitted a qualifying offer of a one-way deal worth $826,875 to Alzner, which allowed the team to retain his negotiating rights and match any outside offer sheets he could have received from other NHL clubs.
According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, the deadline to accept that offer is at 5 p.m. on Friday. But it’s important to note that even if that time passes and the qualifying offer expires, both sides can continue working toward a new contract.
Last week, Barry said he was seeking a two-year deal for Alzner and that the blueliner had not received any offer sheets from other teams.
Alzner will be arbitration eligible following next season, assuming he plays at least 10 games in the 2011-12 campaign, according to the current CBA. It’s possible players’ arbitration rights could change, though, because that CBA is set to expire following next season.
— The Capitals announced they have signed forward Jacob Micflikier to a one-year deal. He recorded 61 points (29 goals, 32 assists) and 80 penalty minutes in 78 games with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers in 2010-11.
—Washington has renewed its affiliation with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays for the 2011-12 season. It will be the eighth consecutive campaign that the Stingrays and Capitals have been affiliated.