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MacLellan: Caps interested in re-signing T.J. Oshie but a deal is not imminent

MacLellan: Caps interested in re-signing T.J. Oshie but a deal is not imminent

The Capitals are interested in re-signing winger T.J. Oshie, but no deal is imminent, General Manager Brian MacLellan said Tuesday.

MacLellan’s comments contradicted a report over the weekend that suggested a deal between Oshie and the Caps was “all but done.”

“I like Oshie,” MacLellan told reporters in his first public comments since the Caps were ousted from the playoffs. “Of the UFAs, he’s a good fit for us. Again, it’s going to depend on what the salary cap number is and what he’s looking for as his salary.”

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MacLellan also indicated that discussions between the team and Oshie’s representative have not advanced beyond the preliminary stages, calling the talks “general” in nature.

“Just back and forth,” MacLellan said. “I think he likes the situation [in Washington]. We like him. [But] nothing specific as far as term or money.”

Standing between the Caps and a deal with Oshie is the team’s proximity to salary cap ceiling and the club's need to re-sign its six restricted free agents—Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, Andre Burakovsky, Philipp Grubauer and Brett Connolly. MacLellan said the RFA’s will be his priority this summer as he decides where to allocate salary cap dollars.

“We’re going to have to wait and see what the salary cap comes in at, if the [salary cap] escalator [clause in the collective bargaining agreement] is chosen [by the players’ association] or not,” MacLellan said. “Is it around $73-74 [million] or is at $77 [million]? That will impact what we have left to sign the UFAs.”

Oshie, 30, finished last season with a career-high 33 goals, which was tied with Alex Ovechkin for the team lead.

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Preseason Game 2: Capitals at Canadiens, date, time, TV channel, live stream, game thread

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Preseason Game 2: Capitals at Canadiens, date, time, TV channel, live stream, game thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals at Canadiens will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (CSN channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at Canadiens game on CSN's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME?

The Capitals take on the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. ET

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME ON?

The Capitals at Canadiens game will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic at 7:00 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME?

The Capitals at Canadiens game is available to stream live through CSN's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

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Capitals release 2017-18 promotional calendar

Capitals release 2017-18 promotional calendar

The Capitals Tuesday night released their 2017-18 promotional schedule. This season’s promotions include several giveaways and theme nights.

The giveaways include a schedule magnet on opening night (Oct. 7 vs. Canadiens), a Zamboni gravy boat (Nov. 22 vs. Senators), a puck bottle opener (March 16 vs. Islanders) and a T.J. Oshie bobblehead (March 20 vs. Stars.)

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Among the theme nights are Military Appreciation Night (Feb. 20 vs. Lightning) and Hockey is for Everyone Night (Feb. 24 vs. Sabres.)

The calendar also includes a few games with a focus on community involvement. There will be a canned food drive before Thanksgiving (Nov. 18 vs. Wild) and a #CapsCare toy drive prior to Christmas (Dec. 8 vs. Rangers.)

Here is the full release with a link to the entire promotional calendar.

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