There was a lot of speculation that the pending unrestricted free agent's days in Washington may be numbered, but instead Oshie could end up spending the rest of his career with the Capitals, as he'll be 38 when his massive eight-year extension expires. The American forward has been a solid offensive contributor while skating in a top-six role with the Caps over the past two seasons, amassing 59 goals and 48 assists over that span. He'll continue to be a fixture on Washington's top power-play unit for the foreseeable future, and he should be good for at least 55 points in 2017-18, making him a nice player to own in virtually all fantasy formats.
The Vegas team is currently operating within a 72-hour window to freely negotiate a contract with unrestricted free agent Oshie or any other pending free agent, including those that are restricted. After Vegas' picks for the expansion draft are made Wednesday, the Capitals would have the right to resume contract talks with Oshie if still available. The slick sniper made $20.875 million over the life of a five-year deal with Washington. He's brought fantasy owners at least 50 points in each of the past four seasons, and netted a career-high 33 goals in 2016-17. It's unlikely that Oshie's thinking seriously about Sin City since he'd be moving from a top contender to a brand new franchise that should take some time to become relevant on the ice.
Oshie is close to a deal that will have him return to Washington, J.J. Regan of CSN Mid Atlantic reports.
According to the report, John Shannon of Sportsnet was the first to report that a deal between the Caps and Oshie was "all but done." Oshie is coming off a career year, surpassing the 30-goal threshold for the first time in his career. His 33 goals were tied for the team high with Alex Ovechkin.
Oshie finished the 2016-17 season with 33 goals and 56 points.
It was a banner year for Oshie as he was nearly a point-per-game player with a plus-28 rating and 23.1 shooting percentage. The timing couldn't be better for the 30-year-old forward as he is arguably the top UFA available this summer. Given Washington's cap situation, it could be problematic for the Capitals to re-sign Oshie, although he certainly indicated that he would like to stay in DC. Whether he stays or goes, the U.S. Olympian remains one of the better top-six forwards in the league and should be an early-round pick in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Oshie scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's 5-2 win over the Penguins in Game 6.
The American winger and his linemates were a menace to the Penguins in this one, as Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom also recorded two points apiece. Oshie's power-play marker was the first of the game and got the party started for the Caps in what was basically a 5-0 rout until Pittsburgh scored two meaningless goals with less than four minutes left in the game. Through 12 postseason games, the Washington state native has clipped along at exactly a point-per-game pace (four goals, eight assists) and has quietly dished out a whopping 39 hits.