Yoush's Take

Capitals Looking To Move John Erskine

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals

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.


  1. David Jeffrey

    August 19, 2014 at 1:02 am

    You said many around the league believe WSH will eventually have to do one of the following but then listed every possible scenario. That would apply to very player if you say keep him, demote him or trade him. So what does that tell us?

    • Daryoush Ashtary-Yazdi

      August 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Hey David, thank you for the comment! In an ideal world, the Caps would move Erskine and be free of his cap hit w/o worrying about his contract. But, since he is significantly overpaid the Caps likely cannot just trade him for a low-end prospect or future draft pick. They have been trying to move him but there has been no takers yet. That’s why those around the league say they’ll likely have to waive him, sweeten the pot for a team to take on his contract, or retain salary in a package trade. Thanks again.

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