Washington Capitals Rumors: Team To Move On From Two Forwards This Offseason

Recent reports suggest that the Washington Capitals are not expected to bring back forwards Craig Smith and Conor Sheary for the 2023-24 season, as reported by journalist Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic.

Sheary has been a dependable depth scorer for the Capitals over the past three seasons, tallying 37 points in 80 games. However, his scoring numbers have declined this year, and he has been playing on the fourth line, suggesting that the team may not have plans to give him a larger role.

Despite this, his speed and offensive skills make him a viable option as a depth forward in the NHL, and he is expected to find a new team next season.

As for Craig Smith, he was acquired by the Capitals as a cap move during the trade deadline but has seen a significant decline in his numbers this season, playing for both the Boston Bruins and the Capitals.

Previously a dependable third-liner who topped 30 points in five consecutive seasons, Smith's lack of success this year may lead him to accept a one-year contract at league minimum to secure a roster spot in the NHL for the 2023-24 season.

With the Capitals having already signed their upcoming free agents on defense, it appears that changes at forward will be a priority in the offseason.

It remains to be seen what moves the Capitals will make to address their forward group and improve their performance for the upcoming season. Photo Credit:  Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports