February 15, 2019 | 11:59am ET [Updated: 1:17pm ET]
CAPITALS LOOKING FOR EXTRA FIRE POWER
Brian MacLellan, GM
Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan is looking to bolster his team’s secondary scoring and is reportedly scouring the market for a third-line scoring winger.
The Capitals have been consistently scouting the Los Angeles Kings over the last few weeks prompting speculation the team has interest in Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli, who has one-year left on his contract beyond this season.
However, Toffoli’s $4.6 million salary cap hit might be too much for Washington to handle unless they package winger Andre Burakovsky in a deal, and as TFP reported on Friday, the Kings are not planning on moving him.
The Capitals may have also been scouting Kings forwards Carl Hagelin, Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford. Capitals Director of Player Personnel Chris Patrick took in Thursday night’s Kings shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
MacLellan is exploring all of his options, though, and the club has been linked to Ottawa Senators sniper Ryan Dzingel and Carolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland, both of whom can become unrestricted free agents July 1 and have a cap hit under $2 million.
Dzingel and Ferland are ranked on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports the Capitals would like to get forward Brett Connolly signed to a contract extension, but the team is cognisant of its cap restraints.
“The salary cap is going to come into effect with him, for sure; it’s going to depend on what we have available,” MacLellan told The Post. “I think he’s another player that’s continually gotten better. I think this is probably the best he’s played, not just point-wise, but handling pucks in his own end, making plays with the puck, managing the whole game. I think this is the best he’s been since we’ve had him. So, we’d like to have him back, but we’re going to have to balance what we can do with him and the cap.”