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Jan 4, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski (84) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Capitals 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals Unrestricted Free Agents

The Washington Capitals have a couple of problems so far this offseason and none of them are really bad problems.  The Capitals have a lot of depth at the blue line position which is never a bad thing.  They also have some wiggle room in the cap and they could have more when they decide what to do with Mike Green.

The Capitals also had 10 unrestricted group 3 free agents.  I say had because some of them have signed contracts already.  The group 3 classification is when an unrestricted free agent reaches the age of 27 or has accumulated 7 years of NHL experience, as per the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The most recent to ink a deal is Matt Watkins.  Watkins went to the Austria to compete in their top hockey league, Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.  He will play for the Vienna Capitals, interesting.

The other 9 free agents that were with previously designated with the Captials are as follows: Julien Brouillette, Chay Genoway, Mikhail Grabovski, David Leggio, Dustin Penner, Joel Rechlicz, Brandon Segal, Ryan Stoa, and Tyson Strachan .

Of those nine, four of them are still unsigned.  The unsigned are Julien Brouillette, Chay Genoway, Dustin Penner, and Ryan Stoa.  The other 5 have inked some type of deal whether in the NHL or another league. Mikhail Grabovski signed with the NY Islanders, David Leggio also went to the Island.  Joel Rechlicz is going to try out the Minnesota Wild, Brandon Segal signed with the Medvescak KHL, and Tyson Strachan went a bit north to the Buffalo Sabres.

Will the Capitals look to bring back any of the 4 remaining free agents that have some familiarity with the organization, which will most likely add more depth to the AHL Hersey Bears, which is another problem this organization has, and not a bad one either.

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