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T.J. Oshie’s potential return to Capitals depends on free agent market

May 18th, 2017 at 2:26 PM
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By most accounts, the Washington Capitals‘ decision to trade for T.J. Oshie in the summer of 2015 was a success.

Oshie, who was traded from St. Louis, had 26 goals in his first season with Washington and 33 in the second. Both were then career highs and Oshie emerged as a third star for the Capitals next to Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin.

“Just my spot on the team really fit my game and hopefully they felt the same about the fit as me,” Oshie said on why he played so well. “There’s not one thing that team-wise or structurally that I don’t like about playing here.”

But now, Oshie is set to be a free agent and both parties have tough decisions to make.

For the Capitals, is it worth bringing Oshie back? The right winger certainly filled a hole, but the Capitals failed to advance past the second round. Would Oshie keep them in contention? If so, how much money is Oshie worth?

Of course, the decision is up to Oshie as well. In his exit interview with reporters on Friday, Oshie said he loved playing in Washington and was uncomfortable with change. But Oshie is 30 and his upcoming contract will most likely be the most lucrative of his career. And of the available right wingers this summer, Oshie led the league in points …

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