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Report: Capitals listening to offers for Burakovsky

theScore logo theScore 2019-01-22 Josh Wegman
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It appears Andre Burakovsky's time in D.C. could potentially be nearing its end.

The Washington Capitals are listening to offers for the Swedish forward, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Burakovsky possesses a rare blend of size (6-foot-3), speed, and skill, but has apparently fallen out of favor with the Capitals. He's posted just 11 points in 42 games this season, is averaging a career-low 11:32 of ice time per contest, and has been a healthy scratch on multiple occasions.

The 23-year-old was selected 23rd overall by the Caps in the 2013 draft. He's shown flashes of promise, scoring 17 goals as a 20-year-old during his second NHL season in 2015-16.

Many expected Burakovsky to break out following the departures of top-six forwards Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams before last season, but he couldn't carve out a prominent offensive role and was eventually passed by rookie Jakub Vrana in the pecking order.

Burakovsky's currently in the final year of a contract with a $3-million cap hit and will become a restricted free agent on July 1.

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