Washington Capitals

Head Coach Peter Laviolette
Assistant Coach Scott Arniel
Assistant Coach Blaine Forsythe
Assistant Coach Kevin McCarthy
Playoff Odds 100%
Cap Hit $78,831,261
Cap Space $2,668,739
LTIR Pool $0
Roster 20/23
Contracts 44/50
Transactions
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Washington Capitals acquired Vitek Vanecek from the Seattle Kraken for 2023 second round pick
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Jul 28
Dylan McIlrath | McIlrath signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Wednesday. Jul 28
Hunter Shepard | Shepard signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Wednesday. Jul 28
Matt Irwin | Irwin signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Wednesday. Jul 28
Lucas Johansen | Johansen signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Wednesday. Jul 28

No games currently scheduled
Line Combinations Updated: Jul 29 (8:26am)
$9,500,0009.5M
$7,800,0007.8M
$5,166,6675.2M
$5,100,0005.1M
$8,000,0008M
Line 1 $22,466,667 Pairing 1 $13,100,000
$5,700,0005.7M
$9,200,0009.2M
$5,750,0005.8M
$2,500,0002.5M
$4,000,0004M
Line 2 $20,650,000 Pairing 2 $6,500,000
$1,500,0001.5M
$3,500,0003.5M
$725,0000.7M
$950,0001M
$2,500,0002.5M
Line 3 $5,725,000 Pairing 3 $3,450,000
$2,750,0002.8M
$750,0000.8M
$1,500,0001.5M
$00M
$716,6670.7M
Line 4 $5,000,000 Goalies $716,667
Injury Report
Alex Ovechkin
Expected Return Wed Sep 1, 2021
Alex Ovechkin - DAY-TO-DAY - Undisclosed
Not Specified
Tue Jul 27, 2021
Alex Ovechkin | Ovechkin (undisclosed) agreed to terms on a five-year, $47.5 million contract with Washington on Tuesday.

Sun Jul 18, 2021
Alex Ovechkin | Ovechkin (undisclosed) was not included on Washington's protected-player list Sunday ahead of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
Mon May 24, 2021
Alex Ovechkin | Ovechkin will not join Russia for the 2021 IIHF World Championships due to an undisclosed injury.
Vitek Vanecek
Expected Return Wed Sep 1, 2021
Vitek Vanecek - OUT - Lower Body
Wed Jul 28, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (lower body) was traded from the Kraken to the Capitals on Wednesday in exchange for a second-round pick in 2023.

Wed Jul 21, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (lower body) was the choice of Seattle from Washington in Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
Sun May 23, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (lower body) will not dress for Game 5 against Boston on Sunday, (NHL).com reports.
Fri May 21, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (lower body) will not be available for Friday's Game 4 tilt with Boston, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Wed May 19, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (lower body) is expected to miss Wednesday's clash with Boston, per Tom Gulitti of (NHL).com.
Mon May 17, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (lower body) remains day-to-day and won't play in Monday's Game 2 against the Bruins, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Sun May 16, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (lower body) did not participate in practice Sunday and is day-to-day ahead of Monday's Game 2 against Boston, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Sat May 15, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (undisclosed) left in the first period of Saturday's game against Boston and was accompanied to the locker room by the trainer, Tom Gulitti of (NHL).com reports. He was replaced by Craig Anderson.
Sat May 15, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek (lower body) will not return to Saturday's Game 1 versus the Bruins.
Sat May 15, 2021
Vitek Vanecek | Vanecek was the first goalie off the ice at Washington's morning skate Saturday, suggesting he'll start Game 1 against the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of (NHL).com reports.
Michal Kempny
Expected Return Wed Sep 1, 2021
Michal Kempny - IR-NR - Achilles
Not Specified
Sat May 15, 2021
Michal Kempny | Kempny (Achilles) remains out of the lineup in Saturday's Game 1 against the Bruins, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' official site reports.

Thu May 13, 2021
Michal Kempny | Kempny (Achilles) was labeled day-to-day ahead of Saturday's Game 1 matchup with Boston, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.
Mon May 10, 2021
Michal Kempny | Kempny (Achilles) is back with the Capitals following a conditioning stint with AHL Hershey, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Sun May 9, 2021
Michal Kempny | Kempny (Achilles) left Saturday's AHL contest and did not return, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Thu May 6, 2021
Michal Kempny | Kempny (Achilles) was sent to AHL Hershey on a conditioning loan Thursday, source reports.
Thu Apr 8, 2021
Michal Kempny | Kempny (Achilles) skated with the Capitals' taxi squad Thursday, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
John Carlson
Expected Return Wed Sep 15, 2021
John Carlson - DAY-TO-DAY - Knee
Surgery
Sun Jul 25, 2021
John Carlson | General manager Brian MacLellan indicated that Carlson (knee) recently underwent a "minor procedure," Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.

Tue May 25, 2021
John Carlson | Carlson dealt with a knee injury toward the end of the season that may require surgery, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Ilya Samsonov
Expected Return Wed Sep 15, 2021
Ilya Samsonov - DAY-TO-DAY - Undisclosed
Tue May 25, 2021
Ilya Samsonov | Samsonov (undisclosed) won't join Team Russia for the IIHF World Championship tournament in Latvia, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.

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Performance Bonuses
Movement Clauses
35+ Over 35 Contract
IR - Injured Reserve
Entry Level Contract
Waiver Exempt
Has Arbitration Rights
Two-way contract
(12) Forwards $53,841,667 66.1% of cap
Player POS Age 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
Ovechkin, Alex LW 35
$9,500,000
NMC
M-NTC
$9,500,000
NMC
M-NTC
$9,500,000
NMC
M-NTC
$9,500,000
NMC
M-NTC
$9,500,000
NMC
M-NTC
$0
UFA
(2026)
Backstrom, Nicklas C 33
$9,200,000
NMC
$9,200,000
NMC
$9,200,000
M-NTC
$9,200,000
M-NTC
$0
UFA
Oshie, T.J. RW 34
$5,750,000
M-NTC
$5,750,000
M-NTC
$5,750,000
M-NTC
$5,750,000
M-NTC
$0
UFA
Eller, Lars C 32
$3,500,000
$3,500,000
$0
UFA
Dowd, Nic C 31
$750,000
$0
UFA
Kuznetsov, Evgeny C 29
$7,800,000
M-NTC
$7,800,000
M-NTC
$7,800,000
M-NTC
$7,800,000
M-NTC
$0
UFA
Hagelin, Carl LW 32
$2,750,000
$2,750,000
$0
UFA
Wilson, Tom RW 27
$5,166,667
M-NTC
$5,166,666
M-NTC
$5,166,666
M-NTC
$0
UFA
Mantha, Anthony RW 26
$5,700,000
$5,700,000
$5,700,000
$0
UFA
Hathaway, Garnet RW 29
$1,500,000
$1,500,000
$0
UFA
Sheary, Conor LW 29
$1,500,000
$1,500,000
$0
UFA
Sprong, Daniel RW 24
$725,000
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
TOTALS TOTALS
$53,841,667
$52,366,666
$43,116,666
$32,250,000
$9,500,000
$0
(7) Defence $23,800,000 29.2% of cap
Player POS Age 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
Chara, Zdeno D 44
$0
UFA
Carlson, John D 31
$8,000,000
$8,000,000
$8,000,000
$8,000,000
$8,000,000
$0
UFA
(2026)
Irwin, Matt D 33
$750,000
$0
UFA
Orlov, Dmitry D 30
$5,100,000
M-NTC
$5,100,000
M-NTC
$0
UFA
Jensen, Nick D 30
$2,500,000
$2,500,000
$0
UFA
Schultz, Justin D 31
$4,000,000
$0
UFA
van Riemsdyk, Trevor D 30
$950,000
$950,000
$0
UFA
Kempny, Michal D 30
$2,500,000
$0
UFA
TOTALS TOTALS
$23,800,000
$16,550,000
$8,000,000
$8,000,000
$8,000,000
$0
(1) Goalies $716,667 0.9% of cap
Player POS Age 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
Lundqvist, Henrik G 39
$0
UFA
Vanecek, Vitek G 25
$716,667
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
Samsonov, Ilya G 24
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
TOTALS TOTALS
$716,667
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
(0) Buried $0 0.0% of cap
Player POS Age 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
TOTALS TOTALS
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
$0
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2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Roster Size

Number of players on the Active Roster. Cannot exceed 23 players. Excludes players on IR and LTIR.

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20 14 7 5
Standard Player Contracts

Number of players signed to Standard Player Contracts (SPC's). Cannot exceed 50 players. Some players do not count towards this, such as 18/19 Year-Old players in Junior with less than 10 NHL Games Played in Season.

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44 29 10 5
Upper Limit

The maximum Salary Cap Hit of all players counting towards the active roster. Often referred to as "Salary Cap". This is determined in the summer and is based on the previous season's revenues, per the CBA.

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$81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000
Projected Cap Hit

Anticipated Season-End Cap Hit based on the current roster, calculated by summing all Cap Hits of players currently counting towards the Salary Cap. Assumes current roster is in effect for the remainder of season.

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$78,831,261 $68,916,666 $51,116,666 $40,250,000
Projected Cap Space

Amount of Cap Space projected to be available at end of year. Calculated as Annual Salary Cap minus Projected Cap Hit.

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$2,668,739 $12,583,334 $30,383,334 $41,250,000
Current Cap Space

Amount of Annual Cap Hit that can be added to the roster without exceeding the Upper Limit (Salary Cap Maximum) based on the current roster. For teams using LTIR, Current Cap Space is the amount of annual cap hit that can be added without exceeding the Salary Cap by more than the team's LTIR Pool.

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$2,668,739 $12,583,334 $30,383,334 $41,250,000
Maximum LTIR Pool

The maximum amount of Long Term Injured Reserve space potentially available. This is the Cap Hit of player on LTIR less the Cap Space available for team at time player was on LTIR. A player can go on LTIR when they expect to miss 10 games and 24 days in the season. A player on LTIR does not come off of the salary cap, instead a team is allowed to exceed the cap by the LTIR amount.

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$0 $0 $0 $0
Current Roster Annual Cap Hit

Anticipated Cap Hit based on the current roster, calculated by summing all Cap Hits of players currently counting towards the Salary Cap + retained salary + buyouts.

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$78,831,261 $68,916,666 $51,116,666 $40,250,000
Carryover Bonus Overages

Teams can exceed the salary cap due to players receiving performance bonuses. If a team exceeds the salary cap due to performance bonuses, they carryover to the previous season and reduce the cap space a team has.

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$472,927 $0 $0 $0
Potential Bonuses

Performance Bonuses that players on the active roster are eligible to achieve. A team can exceed the salary cap due to performance bonuses, but they carry over to the following season.

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$0 $0 $0 $0
Retained Salary Remaining

Teams can retain salary/cap hit when they trade a player. A team can only have a maximum of 3 players that they retained salary on.

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3 3 3 3
(24) Non-Roster
Player POS Age 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
McIlrath, Dylan D 29
$750,000
$750,000
$0
UFA
Sgarbossa, Michael C 29
$750,000
$750,000
$0
UFA
Jokipakka, Jyrki D 29
$0
Schilling, Cameron D 32
$0
UFA
LaDue, Paul D 28
$0
UFA
Maillet, Philippe C 28
$0
UFA
Fucale, Zach G 26
$750,000
$750,000
$0
UFA
Hughes, Tommy D 29
$0
Pinho, Brian C 26
$725,000
$0
UFA
Carr, Daniel LW 29
$0
UFA
Gersich, Shane LW 25
$750,000
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
Spinner, Steven RW 25
$0
$0
UFA
Elgestal, Kevin RW 25
$0
$0
UFA
Copley, Pheonix G 29
$1,100,000
$0
UFA
Johansen, Lucas D 23
$750,000
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
Pilon, Garrett C 23
$750,000
$750,000
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
Riat, Damien LW 24
$817,500
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
Malenstyn, Beck LW 23
$750,000
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
Jonsson-Fjallby, Axel LW 23
$750,000
$750,000
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
Geisser, Tobias D 22
$775,000
$0
RFA
Walfridsson, Sebastian D 22
$0
Maass, Benton D 22
$0
Roykas Marthinsen, Kristian LW 21
$0
Alexeyev, Alexander D 21
$863,334
$863,334
$0
RFA
Fehervary, Martin D 21
$791,667
$791,667
$0
RFA
Clark, Kody C 21
$808,334
$808,334
$0
RFA
Sutter, Riley RW 21
$764,167
$764,167
$0
RFA
Gibson, Mitchell 26
$0
$0
UFA
Kannok-Leipert, Alex D 21
$0
Florchuk, Eric C 21
$0
Marthinsen, Kristian LW 21
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Morrison, Adam G 30
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
McHale, Gavin G 33
$0
Snively, Joe LW 25
$750,000
$0
RFA
$0
UFA
Nardella, Bobby D 25
$750,000
$750,000
$0
UFA
McMichael, Connor C 20
$863,334
$863,334
$863,334
$0
RFA
Leason, Brett RW 22
$842,500
$0
RFA
Protas, Aliaksei C 20
$789,167
$789,167
$789,167
$0
RFA
Has, Martin D 20
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Sheppard, Derek D 27
$750,000
$750,000
$0
UFA
Kessy, Kale LW 28
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
McCarthy, Chris C 30
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Whitney, Steven RW 30
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Lapierre, Hendrix C 19
$894,167
$894,167
$894,167
$0
RFA
Trineyev, Bogdan 19
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Hughes, Bear C 20
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Bjorklund, Garin G 19
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Magnusson, Oskar C 19
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Shepard, Hunter G 25
$750,000
$750,000
$0
UFA
Johnson, Brent D 18
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Lemay, Joaquim D 19
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Hanelt, Haakon 18
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Krebs, Dru D 18
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
Clark, Chase G 19
$0
$0
UFA
$0
UFA
TOTALS TOTALS
$19,034,170
$11,774,170
$2,546,668
$0
$0
$0