The Capitals have yet to engage in contract talks with pending UFA defenseman John Carlson, his agent Rick Curran told Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post. Curran notes that he expects that to change in the coming weeks. Washington’s salary cap situation likely has a lot to do with there being no discussions so far – the team has nearly $59MM tied up in just 13 players for next season already so there may not be enough room for another big-ticket deal. Carlson is positioning himself for a big raise from the $3.97MM cap hit he has now as he has 31 points in 41 games which ranks him second among NHL defenders while averaging a career-high 26:10 per night in ice time.
More from around the league:
- The test results are in for Predators winger Filip Forsberg and the results aren’t great. The team announced that Forsberg will miss the next four-to-six weeks as a result of an upper-body injury sustained back on December 29th. If there was ever a bright side to losing a top point getter, Nashville might take some solace in the fact that their CBA-mandated bye week, as well as the All-Star Game, will occur during this stretch. Accordingly, there’s a chance he could only wind up missing nine games and while that isn’t insignificant, it could have been a whole lot worse. Forsberg leads the Preds with 15 goals and 34 points through 37 games so far this season.
- While the Jets are now allowed to sign Connor Hellebuyck to a contract extension, there hasn’t been much dialogue between the two sides on a new deal yet, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The 24-year-old is playing on a one-year post-ELC bridge contract worth $2.25MM and has played quite well this year, posting a 2.38 GAA and a .922 SV% through 33 appearances.
- Red Wings winger Tyler Bertuzzi has been told he will be sticking around with the team the rest of the year, reports Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. He was expected to make the team out of training camp but an early injury changed those plans and he wound up starting off with AHL Grand Rapids. He has impressed since being recalled back on December 22nd, posting three assists in five games on the season while logging over 14 minutes a night in ice time, a considerable increase than the 9:06 he averaged in seven games as a rookie in 2016-17.