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Capitals Make Qualifying Offers To 9 Players

All nine of the Washington Capitals' restricted free agents (RFAs) have received qualifying offers from the team, according to Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider.

More specifics on the logistics of the offer sheet process:

By making a qualifying offer, the Caps retain the players' negotiating rights and the opportunity to match an offer from another team. If one of the RFAs does sign an offer sheet from another team, the Caps would be entitled to draft pick compensation.

The players have until July 15 to accept or decline the Caps' offer. But they can begin talking to other teams about an offer sheet tomorrow (though they can't sign it until July 1).

Four of the players the team extended offers to - Eric Fehr, Tomas Fleischmann, Jeff Schultz, Boyd Gordon - were regulars in the lineup last season, while the other five spent nearly the entire season playing for AHL affiliate Hershey.