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Poti done with Caps: ‘It’s time to move on’

May 16, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

Tom Poti AP

Veteran defenseman Tom Poti will not re-sign with the Capitals after spending the last five seasons in Washington, according to Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times.

“It’s time to move on,” Poti explained.

Poti played 16 regular season games for the Caps this year — registering two assists — returning to action after missing the entire 2011-12 campaign with a serious groin/pelvic injury.

As such, he was selected as Washington’s 2013 nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

The former Oiler, Ranger and Islander said he’d like to continue his playing career.

He turned 36 in June and could still be a useful asset in spot duty, perhaps as a power play specialist — Poti’s twice scored 40-plus points and notched 20 assists with Washington in 2009-10.

Poti was in the final season of a two-year, $5.75 million deal signed with the Caps in 2011.

  1. jpelle82 - May 16, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    should be interesting to see if he lands a job anywhere else. the games he played in were the beginning of the year when the caps were horrible. his 09-10 numbers were inflated by playing for the #1 offense in the league that won the presidents trophy that year. that was a long time and a few injuries ago for poti. i dont know if he wants to burn the bridge with washington, i dont see too many teams banging down his door.

  2. barkar942 - May 16, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Time for Swiss or German Hockey, Tom.

  3. puckmepuckyou - May 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Or the D-man graveyard, Philadelphia

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      Haha I hope not. We have enough #6-7 dmen. If they wanted a slow vet for spot duty they’d just resign Huskins.

  4. jacketsfan7 - May 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Or Columbus , we could use him

  5. prd797 - May 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I think Poti could find a job somewhere. If he really wants to play, he can certainly vie for a two-way deal and get some amount of attention. Quite a few d-men that have/had NHL jobs that are worse than he is (*cough* Cam Barker *cough cough*)

    • jpelle82 - May 16, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      i dunno, injuries and age – he is over 35 so that rule plays a part in salary/contract/salary cap issues. i’m not sure what the veteran minimum salary is, but its probably cheaper than a younger guy looking for his chance.

  6. letsgopens8771 - May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Abandon Ship!

  7. cdalton2690 - May 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Poti has played maybe 10 games in the last 3 years due to a very serious injury a broken pelvis. He knows he isn’t going to suit up in Washington again, so its time to try to find a team who will take a chance one him. Best of luck Tom.

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