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The Noon Number: Changing of the Guard

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A look at a couple of decisions to be made this (too-soon) offseason

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15 - Number of Capitals who dressed in last night's Game 6 loss to Pittsburgh and are under contract for next season.

Forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Daniel Winnik, Jay Beagle and Andre Burakovsky, defensemen Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Taylor Chorney, and goaltenders Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer are all locked up through at least next season. Healthy scratches Stanislav Galiev and Nate Schmidt also have one more year on their current deals.

That leaves just a handful of players heading towards restricted or unrestricted free agency this summer - and a handful of decisions to make for the front office. Jason Chimera, Mike Richards and Mike Weber all will be unrestricted as of July 1, while Marcus Johansson, Tom Wilson, Michael Latta and Dmitry Orlov will be RFAs.

(h/t General Fanager)