Washington Capitals Rumors: 3 Free Agent Targets

The Washington Capitals are eyeing some potential free-agent targets to strengthen their forward lines, with a particular interest in three players.

While they are not expected to pursue expensive older stars, the Capitals have approximately $6.5 million in projected cap space, and there are possibilities to create additional room by shedding salary through trades, buyouts, or burying contracts in the minors.

Andreas Athanasiou

Andreas Athanasiou, currently with the Chicago Blackhawks, is an attractive option for the Capitals. Known for his speed and offensive skills, Athanasiou could inject some additional scoring depth into their lineup. He presents a potentially affordable choice, making him an appealing target for Washington.

Ivan Barbashev

Ivan Barbashev, who is playing for the Vegas Golden Knights, has raised his free-agent value with strong performances in the postseason. His solid two-way play and physicality would provide the Capitals with a versatile presence on the ice. However, due to his recent success, competition for Barbashev's services could be fierce, making it more challenging for the Capitals to secure his signature.

Michael Bunting

Michael Bunting, a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, has also emerged as an intriguing option for the Capitals. Bunting had an impressive regular season, showcasing his scoring touch and offensive instincts. Acquiring him would add another offensive threat to Washington's roster. However, his strong play might make him a sought-after target for other teams, potentially complicating the Capitals' pursuit of his services. Photo Credit:  Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports