More of a formality than anything else, the Washington Capitals tendered qualifying offers to all seven of their restricted free agents to retain their rights.
Qualifying offers were sent to Mike Green, John Carlson, Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle at the NHL level and Michael Carman, Kevin Marshall and Zach Hamill at the American Hockey League level. General manager George McPhee said as much Thursday, and the team confirmed that Friday.
Had the Caps not qualified any of those players, they would have become unrestricted free agents July 1. Green, Perreault and Beagle are eligible for salary arbitration.
Here’s a look at those qualifying offers, per the unbelievably invaluable CapGeek:
Mike Green: $5 million
If Green decides to accept the qualifying offer, it would be a slight pay cut from his previous $5.25 million salary.
Asked about his restricted status after the playoffs concluded, Green said: “I’m excited to come back if that’s the game plan and that’s what I want, but we’ll see.”
The possibility, of course, remains that the Caps sign Green to a multi-year deal, as is the case with all restricted free agents.
John Carlson: $826,875
More than likely, Carlson is going the route of Karl Alzner last year, who signed a two-year deal worth a total of $2.570 million, instead of accepting less than $1 million a year.
Carlson might have more leverage that Alzner given his offensive production (nine goals, 23 assists), but it’s hard to envision him striking gold with a new deal this summer.
“Yeah. We’ll figure it out,” he said May 14. “I think I like it here, I enjoy it. That’s all really.”
Jay Beagle: $577,500
No one exemplified the change and growth through Dale Hunter hockey more than Beagle, who blossomed into a faceoff, shot-blocking and penalty-killing specialist. Figure on him getting something more of a raise from his previous salary, $512,500.
Beagle had surgery to repair a broken foot, though that’s not expected to be a concern.
“I’ll be fully recovered and ready to go for training camp,” he said.
Mathieu Perreault: $575,500
Perreault could be a trade candidate this summer if he doesn’t fit into Caps’ top-six mix. He wasn’t thrilled to be a healthy scratch during the playoffs, especially after a regular season that included his filling in for Nicklas Backstrom and being a pleasant surprise.
“Obviously I wasn’t happy. But they never really told me anything. That’s probably the worst part; like you don’t really know how you’re playing,” he said. “But it’s really been like that every time I get sent down in the past year or get sent down in another year. I never really knew why. It’s not fun. I didn’t enjoy that.”
With the possibility of a fresh start and a new coach, though, Perreault voiced some optimism.
“Yeah, for sure. But this organization know what I can do. It goes all the way up to the GM; everybody knows what I can do here,” he said. “For sure new coach come in, but he’s going to know a little bit about me. He’s going to have to learn about the players. It’ll be a new opportunity if I can sign this summer and come back here.”
The other qualifying offers: Hamill ($826,875), Carman ($577,500) and Marshall ($715,000).