There are at least two more things to check off from the Washington Capitals’ summer to-do list: Wrapping up new deals with restricted free agent defensemen Mike Green and John Carlson.
Sunday represents a mile-marker in the negotiations. Green ($5 million) and Carlson ($826,875) were both tendered qualifying offers to retain their rights, and those offers expire at 5 p.m. Sunday.
General manager George McPhee was generally tight-lipped about the negotiations but said he didn’t believe the deadline affected the situation much.
“I think when you’re sort of negotiating in good faith and trying to get it done, I don’t think anybody’s trying to squeeze anybody on the other side. And so in some ways it’s an artificial deadline,” McPhee said Saturday. “I think we’ve had healthy discussions with both players and there are deals to be made there. So I don’t expect [Sunday] to be a big day with respect to signing these players. I think that’s something we’ll get done sooner than later and they’ll be deals that we can live with and they can live with.”
When asked about Green, McPhee said “hopefully we’ll have an answer today or tomorrow.” If that happens, the Caps would beat that deadline.
On Carlson, McPhee said: “There’s lots of discussion and hopefully we’ll get there soon enough.”
Sooner than Sunday? That is yet to be seen. But the point remains that barring something unforeseen, both defensemen will be back with the Caps on new deals.