The Capitals purchased popular cap website CapFriendly.com over the weekend via Elliotte Friedman at Sportsnet.com:

It won’t happen until July, but according to multiple sources, the Washington Capitals have reached an agreement to purchase the outstanding CapFriendly website. 

These same sources stressed that both the Capitals and CapFriendly wanted the site to be publicly available and independently operated through the 2024 NHL Draft and the start of free agency, so it is not expected the sale will be official until at least July 5. 

Neither the team nor CapFriendly representatives would comment. Dominik Zrim, the website’s co-owner and director, has worked in the NHL for Chicago and San Jose.

RIP to the Cost Per Point table.

This won’t necessarily effect teams since most have these cap wizards and build these kind of models in house, but it is a shitty situation for fans and reporters who need a quick resource to look up a contract. This would be like the Giants buying OverTheCap or the Celtics buying Spotrac. It was an amazing resource to go see how much Andrew McDonald was on the books for or check when Ilya Bryzgalov’s buyout was over.

 

Execs did check it of course. Here’s former Senators GM with the site up on his computer during a contract photo op:

 

via r/hockey
Shout out to Gary Bettman. Guy always has his finger on the pulse of the fan via Cam Tucker at NBCSports.com:

Those hoping the National Hockey League would add or develop an online resource that would track salaries and contract information might be out of luck.

According to commissioner Gary Bettman, there is not the fan interest for such a tool, like Capgeek.com, which was a valuable resource for fans and media but ceased operations in early January due to the health of its founder Matthew Wuest.

“We hear from the fans on a regular basis and we hear on lots and lots of issues,” Bettman said Tuesday, as per CSN New England.

“We’re not getting a lot of feedback on [a Capgeek-style site]. It’s not something that seems to be driving fan interest as much as perhaps the interest of the people [in the media] in this room, and your colleagues.”

 

Let the Caps know just because they bought CapFriendly doesn’t mean they can erase the Tom Wilson contract.