— Daryoush Ashtary (@Daryoush_Hockey) August 15, 2014
The Capitals have been trying to move John Erskine for a good chunk of the offseason, but have yet to find a taker.
Erskine, 34, has only played 95 regular season games the last three years, and has been hampered by injuries that have really slowed him down.
The Ontario native has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $1,962,500.
Even before signing Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, Erskine seemed like the odd man out on the back-end. With many solid defenders on the roster, and numerous prospects near NHL ready, there is no spot for Erskine (even in the press box). The Capitals would be much better served receiving the near $2 million in cap savings that they would get by unloading his contract.
Many around the league believe that Washington will eventually have to:
a. Waive Erskine (saving $925,000 against the salary cap) and demote him to Hershey.
b. Eat part of his contract (through salary retainment, saving at the least $981,250 [w/ the highest possible retainment at 50%]) in a trade.
c. ‘Sweeten the pot’ for a team by including a draft pick or prospect with Erskine for a lesser asset.
d. Include him in a package trade.
e. Or, hold onto him and allow his contract to expire, while keeping his full cap hit for this upcoming season.