The Washington Times - July 10, 2008, 10:07AM

The recent signings have made the Caps’ salary cap picture a little clearer. Here is an updated look at the team’s finances.




Alex Ovechkin, $9,538,462

Michael Nylander, $4,875,000

Alexander Semin, $4,600,000

Sergei Fedorov, $4,000,000

Chris Clark, $2,633,333

Viktor Kozlov, $2,500,000

Nicklas Backstrom, $2,400,000*

Brooks Laich, $2,066,667

Donald Brashear, $1,200,000

Matt Bradley, $1,000,000

Eric Fehr, $735,000

Boyd Gordon, $725,000

Tomas Fleischmann, $725,000

David Steckel, $512,500

Ben Clymer, $250,000


Total = $37,760,962



Mike Green, $5,250,000

Tom Poti, $3,500,000

Karl Alzner, $1,675,000*

Milan Jurcina, $881,250

Jeff Schultz, $750,000

Sami Lepisto, $700,000

John Erskine, $537,500


Total = $13,293,750



Jose Theodore, $4,500,000

Brent Johnson, $812,500

Total = $5,312,500

TEAM TOTAL (23 PLAYERS) = $56,367,212

I have left Brian Pothier’s $2,500,000 off this list because GM George McPhee said last week that he is already on long-term injured reserve and yesterday he said he’s planning his budget for now as if Pothier is not going to be ready to play when camp starts.

So, that leaves the Caps with a little less than $333,000 under the salary cap. Obviously Shaone Morrisonn will cost more than that. But any team can be over the cap by as much as 10 percent until the season opens, so McPhee doesn’t have to be in a rush to shed salary. Also, remember that he said earlier in the summer that he doesn’t want to carry more than seven (and maybe even six) defensemen. If the Caps are right up against the cap, they might not carry 13 forwards some days either.

It could be tricky considering very few of these guys can be sent to Hershey without going through waivers (Backstrom, Alzner, Schultz and Lepisto are the only ones by my count). It is also fair to say there are going to be a few jobs on the line when training camp convenes in mid-September.