The Capitals extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler on Wednesday, thus retaining his rights. The team elected not to qualify Travis Boyd who will now be an unrestricted free agent.
Siegenthaler has established himself as a very good defensive player for the Caps and was one of the team's top penalty killers in 2019-20. A qualifying offer is only the starting point of contract negotiations and the team will now have to work out a new deal with the Swiss blue liner. While his cap hit will rise from the less than $715,000 of his entry-level contract, he will still be a cheap and dependable player on the team's blue line. He does not have arbitration rights.
The decision not to qualify Boyd will end his tenure in Washington. Boyd was a decent depth player for the Caps scoring 10 points in 24 games in the regular season. When the team needed him in the playoffs -- first when Lars Eller left the bubble for the birth of his son and second when Nicklas Backstrom went down with injury -- Boyd did not perform as well as hoped. He played only 6:38 in Game 2 against the New York Islanders and was replaced the following game by Brian Pinho.
In addition, the Caps issued a qualifying offer to prospect forward Shane Gersich, but not to prospect defensemen Connor Hobbs and Kris Bindulis.