The Washington Times - June 27, 2011, 05:12PM

The Semyon Varlamov saga still doesn’t have a resolution, but on Monday the Capitals announced that they’ll be holding onto his rights for a little while longer.

The Caps extended qualifying offers to five unrestricted free agents: Varlamov, defenseman Karl Alzner and forwards Troy Brouwer, Mathieu Perreault and Francois Bouchard. This just means that Washington has the right to match any offer sheets made to those players after July 1.


According to Cap Geek, the minimum qualifying offers were set to be the following values:

Alzner: $1.675 million, Varlamov: $821,667, Brouwer: $1.025 million, Bouchard: $850,000, $716,667. Only Brouwer has arbitration rights.

There’s little question that Alzner and Brouwer will be back. Alzner is arguably the team’s best defenseman and is without a doubt its best shutdown guy on the blue line. Brouwer and general manager George McPhee both said they weren’t concerned about working something out – even if it means going to arbitration.

“They are interested in signing me, otherwise they wouldn’t have traded a first-round pick for me,” Brouwer said Monday. “I have no doubts in my mind right know that we will be able to work out a deal, quickly I think.”

Varlamov has reportedly been receiving interest from SKA in the Kontinental Hockey League, which could pay him as much as $4.8 million. It is believed the 23-year-old goaltender would like to play for the Caps and told Russian reporter Slava Malamud his goal is to win the Stanley Cup and the Vezina Trophy.

Whether he’ll be back on the roster with Michael Neuvirth remains to be seen. He and the team’s other restricted free agents will be able to listen to other teams and sign offer sheets beginning at noon Friday.

The Caps did not qualify Josh Godfrey, Trevor Bruess and Joe Finley, making them unrestricted free agents effective noon Friday.