Insider: “A Lot Of Teams Curious” About Capitals Forward

A torn ACL may have ended his season with the Capitals after just four games, but Washington Capitals forward Connor Brown's name hasn't been forgotten on the rumor mill this week. 

According to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, there are plenty of teams interested in the impending unrestricted free agent. 

I've heard there are teams kind of, looking in there. You know, what's his situation gonna be, what does he sign for, where does he want to go? 
This is a year where teams are going to look for the best bargain they can find... I think there's a lot of teams out there curious about what he's thinking... That's a name I've heard quite a bit about the last week.

Brown spent the first four years of his career with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs before moving on to the Ottawa Senators for three seasons. Injuries plagued him at times in Ottawa, and that came to a head in his first year with the Capitals this past season with the ACL tear. 

But his connection with Connor McDavid (they played together in junior with the Erie Otters, and share the same agent) has led many to believe that Brown will wind up with the Edmonton Oilers. 

"I know there's a lot of talk about Edmonton," said Friedman, "because there's a lot of history there." 

His recent injury history, however, could keep his cap hit low, which would make him one of those "good bargains" Friedman was referring to, and would allow the cap-strapped Oilers to fit him in. 

Brown has 90 goals and 126 assists for 216 points in 448 career games.

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