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Neuvirth’s agent hopes client gets traded

Dec 30, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth still has ambitions of being a number one goaltender in the NHL, but he’s arguably Washington’s third-string netminder due to the rise of 22-year-old rookie Philipp Grubauer.

Neuvirth expressed his frustrations a little over a week ago and hinted at his desire to be traded. Now his agent, Patrik Stefan, is being more direct. He wants his client dealt so that he can get a fresh start, according to ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

It will be interesting to see how Washington responds. For one thing, they might be hesitant to move Neuvirth before Grubauer has had more time to prove himself. After all, Grubauer’s 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo last night was just his 11th career NHL contest.

There’s also the question of whether not the Capitals can ship Neuvirth even if they wanted to. He’s still just 25 years old and his $2.5 million annual cap hit through 2014-15 isn’t excessive, but it’s more than most teams want to pay a backup goaltender and he still hasn’t firmly established that he can carry a squad as a starter. On top of that, teams tend to be reluctant to acquire a goaltender midseason on the trade market unless they are in dire need.

At the same time, this request puts the Capitals in an awkward situation. They now have two players that want out, including Martin Erat. Finding a way to put these situations behind them might be in the Capitals’ best interests.

  1. hockey412 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Good luck trading Erat. Might not be a bad buy-out, if they have any left. He’s not owed all that much but his cap hit is still up there.

  2. westinpat - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    If an NHL position isn’t available overseas becomes his next best option.

  3. greej1938l - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Minnesota needs a solid backup if they could somehow ship Backstrom which won’t happen

  4. cliffatola - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Someone will make a play for him, but you can’t just give away a 25 yr old goalie who at times has shown he has the talent to be a #1 goalie but he just hasn’t done it consistently. Seriously his agent is Patrik Stefan, that guy had a cup of coffee at the NHL level and is now telling this kid how to manage his career. Sounds like Neuvirth needs a new agent too.

    • storminator16 - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      1) Patrik Stefan had more than a “cup of coffee” in the NHL.
      2) Neither of us had a “cup of coffee” in the NHL.
      3) Do you understand how player agents work their clients?

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I’m guessing they won’t get back what they got for Varlamov.

  6. trmmadden34 - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Only 3 teams that I can see him going too. Florida- Markstrom hasn’t shown to be the goalie of the future, NYI- How much longer can Nabokov go?, Edm- A Dubi for Neuvirth plus assists going back and forth would do these goalies good.

  7. capsrockva - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I hope he doesn’t get traded, but would not be surprised if he is

  8. jdvalk - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Hey George, see if you can trade Erat for Forsberg!

  9. wishingtonredslur - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Calgary Flames. Underline.

  10. jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    there must just be a total lack of respect for ownership and management in dc these days. its one thing to have a guy who’s upset with his minutes complain, that happens to just about every team at some point, but to have 3 guys in half a season already ask to be traded…pretty unusual. i understood orlov’s situation, they were screwing with him by calling him back and forth because of his contract clause stuff and now he’s playing and playing well…still dont get what erat’s problem was, he just was sucking and whining. now neuvirth who hasnt shied away from running his mouth has his agent do the talking instead this time. if i were gmgm i would throw him in against the sharks in mid january, let him get shelled for 50 shots and then tell him to shut up and go sit down. gmgm has got to assert himself somehow and show who the boss is. ovechkin cost them a good coach with his antics, now everybody wants traded if things dont go their way, seems like he is a being a babysitter to fgrown men who are supposed to be professionals…along with his regular gm stress.

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