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Agent: ‘No progress at all’ between Caps, Hendricks on new deal

Jun 7, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

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It appears as though another Washington Capitals free agent could be on his way out of town.

Matt Hendricks doesn’t appear anywhere close to reaching a new deal with the Caps, his agent told the Washington Post.

“There has been no progress at all. We haven’t even talked,” Hendricks’s agent, Michael Wulkan explained. “Matt said from day one that his preference is to stay in Washington, but we were negotiating and then it stopped.

“They know our position.”

Hendricks, 31, has blossomed from a fringe NHLer to a lineup regular in the nation’s capital.

He put up a career-high 25 points in his first season with the Caps (2010-11) and carved himself a unique role as a tough guy, good faceoff man, respected teammate and quality shootout participant.

Hendricks is in the final season of a two-year, $1.65 million deal signed with the Caps in 2011. It’s likely he’ll have a fair number of suitors in free agency — the Post reports the Rangers are interested — but it’s curious as to why Washington isn’t expressing more of an interest in bringing him back.

Whatever the case, it’s clear the club is looking to overhaul some of its role players from last season.

Joey Crabb said he has no intentions of re-signing, Tom Poti said it’s time to move on, Wojtek Wolski has already signed in the KHL and Jeff Schultz will apparently have his trade demands met.

  1. nhloon - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Caps stink. They were so lucky to get that Ward goal against the Bruins in last years game 7. This team has no identity at all. Losing a good locker room guy like Hendricks only compounds the fact.

  2. brianforster - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    hes a fan favorite, so his agent will try and use that as leverage, but his spot is easily filled by volpatti who is under contract. his paralyzer shootout move is a great ace in the hole, but nobody is going to get paid for that reason.

    one of my favorite players on the cap, but this is one of this situations where the business side means he will probably get a better offer elsewhere.

  3. ibieiniid - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    must sign

  4. 19to77 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    He’s a similar model of player to Drew Miller, and the problem they face is similar too – they were on dirt-cheap contracts and need fairly sizeable raises, and neither the Wings nor the Caps are in the best position to do that. I can see several bidders forcing their respective price tags out of their current teams’ comfort zones.

  5. pepper2011 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Come (back) to Boston. You would be more than welcomed. Tough SOB. Been a big fan of his since that HBO 24/7 a few years back.

  6. jpelle82 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    look at the guys listed above. crabb, wolski, poti, schultz – who cares. ribeiro and hendricks are good players that need some attention from mcphee at some point though but i doubt that ribeiro stays. laich will be back. tom wilson maybe coming up, kutnetzov could be coming over – both upgrades over crabb, wolski. gonna need some cap room to pay kutsnetszov and then maybe they make a big trade on draft day or make a hard press in free agency for a leader type guy like iginla, morrow, jagr, roy, elias – andy mcdonald or tyler bozak would work well in their system too. or heck, maybe they could bring ol keith aucoin back…lol. who knows, its still early – they havent even handed the cup out yet.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Andy McDonald? retired.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        did he? man. missed that. scratch that idea then. did he end up having another concussion? i thought he had a shoulder or something else earlier this year…

      • ibieiniid - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        it was actually a PHT story just yesterday. he called it quits to AVOID another concussion. he said that’s all he thought about on the ice this season was “the next hit”

  7. babykaby - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Time to let him go. One of the players that is easily replaced. Fans like him a lot because he talks a lot and is personable, but let’s face it, he’s on his butt more than he is on his feet, and when that happens his team is playing 4 on 5 hockey. Might be good in shoot outs, but how often do the Caps even make it to overtime? Not often. Let him go, give the money to Alsner, he has actually earned it.

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