Typically by late July, free agency is winding down, the major business of the offseason has been completed and we can pretty much pencil in the lineups for the next season. This is not a typical July. Instead, all contract business is on hold for the Capitals until the playoffs are over - including with players like pending free agent defenseman Brenden Dillon.
Since returning from the pause, Dillon has said he is happy being with the Capitals and would be interested in an extension. On Friday, MacLellan confirmed that he had spoken with Dillon's representatives.
"I mean I've talked to his representatives pretty consistently ever since we've gotten him," Dillon said. "We'll continue to talk and see if we can work something out in the end here."
But even if there is interest from both sides, we are going to have to wait before we hear of any news of a new contract. With the postseason set to begin on Saturday -- the Capitals start the round robin on Monday against Tampa Bay -- MacLellan also said all contract business is on hold until after the season.
"We're waiting until after the playoffs, see how everything pans out here," MacLellan said. "I think it's constantly been changing the whole year. I don't think anybody could have predicted where we're at right now so think we're going to wait and assess where we're at at the end of the year and make decisions then."
Dillon is hardly the only big decision facing the team. Braden Holtby, Radko Gudas and Ilya Kovalchuk will also be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season while Travis Boyd and Jonas Siegenthaler will be restricted. In addition, Alex Ovechkin, Jakub Vrana and Ilya Samsonov are entering the final year of their contracts and are now eligible to sign extensions.
All of that will have to wait, however, with the team focusing on what it hopes will be another Stanley Cup run.
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