The Washington Times - June 30, 2009, 01:05PM

Each NHL team is allowed to have up to 50 players under contract, so here is a look at Washington’s updated “50-man roster” and how long each player is under contract. The Caps were up against the 50-man limit at the end of the year last year, but we’ve removed the UFAs from this list.



Alex Ovechkin, 2021

Michael Nylander, 2011

Chris Clark, 2011

Brooks Laich, 2011

Matt Bradley, 2011

Oskar Osala, 2011 (RFA)

Francois Bouchard, 2011 (RFA)

Mathieu Perreault, 2011 (RFA)

Alexander Semin, 2010 (RFA)

Nicklas Backstrom, 2010 (RFA)

Jay Beagle, 2010 (RFA)

Tomas Fleischmann, 2010 (RFA)

Andrew Gordon, 2010

David Steckel, 2010

Keith Aucoin, 2010

Quintin Laing, 2010

Eric Fehr, 2009 (RFA)*

Boyd Gordon, 2009 (RFA)*

Steve Pinizzotto, 2009 (RFA)*

Chris Bourque, 2009 (RFA)*

Kyle Wilson, 2009 (RFA)*


Mike Green, 2012 (RFA)

Tom Poti, 2011

Karl Alzner, 2011 (RFA)

John Erskine, 2011

Sean Collins, 2011

Josh Godfrey, 2011 (RFA)

Brian Pothier, 2010

Tyler Sloan, 2010

Patrick McNeil, 2010 (RFA)

Viktor Dovgan,  2010(RFA)

Shaone Morrisonn, 2009 (RFA)*

Milan Jurcina, 2009 (RFA)*

Jeff Schultz,  2009 (RFA)*


Simeon Varlamov, 2011 (RFA)

Jose Theodore, 2010

Michal Neuvirth, 2010 (RFA)

* Extended qualifying offer for 2010


Here are the guys who are signed and their deals kick in next season — if they play pro hockey in North America (i.e. if Della Rovere goes back to juniors and Gustafsson doesn’t come to the States, they don’t count and the clock gets pushed back a year):


Anton Gustafsson, 2012 (RFA)

Stefan Della Rovere,  2012 (RFA)

Trevor Bruess, 2011 (RFA)

Jake Hauswirth, 2012 (RFA)


John Carlson, 2012 (RFA)

Joe Finley, 2011 (RFA)

Zach Miskovic, 2010 (RFA)


Braden Holtby, 2012 RFA)

So that is potentially 45 guys under contract already for next year, but that’s only if all eight of the RFAs are retained and all eight kids play for Hershey/South Carolina. Gustafsson is not coming over, so it is likely to be 44 at most.

Near the end of the season when the college free agents were signing, GM George McPhee said he’d like to end up at 46-47 contracts next season. The Caps were at 48 last year, but then signed Bryan Helmer and added Staffan Kronwall during the season. It will be interesting to see how many of the Hershey UFAs (Giroux, Mink, Helmer, Kronwall) are brought back.

One last thing, here is a list of the unsigned draft picks that the Caps still own the rights to (I’m not including the European guys from years and years ago):


Marcus Johansson, SEL

Dmitri Orlov, KHL

Cody Eakin, WHL

Patrick Wey, NCAA (BC next year)

Brett Flemming, OHL

Garrett Mitchell, WHL

Benjamin Casavant, QMJHL


Eric Mestery, WHL

Dmitry Kugryshev, QMJHL

Joel Broda, WHL

Greg Burke, NCAA (UNH next year)


Phil Desimone, NCAA (UNH Soph)

Dan Dunn, NCAA (St Cloud soph)

Nick Larson, NCAA (Minn. Frosh)

Andrew Glass, NCAA (BU frosh)


Keith Seabrook, WHL (NCAA junior)*

* Because he went to college first, the Caps have his rights until his “class” graduates