Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Caps Qualify 11, Bid Adieu To Biron

Per WashingtonCaps.com:
The Washington Capitals on Monday issued qualifying offers to 11 players: forwards Kris Beech, Matt Bradley, Ben Clymer, Rico Fata, Boyd Gordon, Brooks Laich, Matt Pettinger and Brian Sutherby and defensemen Jakub Cutta, Steve Eminger and Shaone Morrisonn. Four players (forwards Jared Aulin, Owen Fussey and Brian Willsie and defenseman Mathieu Biron) were not tendered qualifying offers and are unrestricted free agents. The Capitals are continuing negotiations with Willsie in hopes of keeping him in Washington for the 2006-07 season.
For those of you scoring at home, that's very much in line with what I advocated here (only I would have let Bradley go and qualified Aulin). I suspect that the last sentence indicates that team did not qualify Willsie because they would have had to offer him the minimum raise that goes along with a qualifying offer, but would bring him back at the League minimum (which he made last year). I can live with that.

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