Tag: Joey Crabb


Roundup: Crabb to Florida; Greiss, Chipchura to Phoenix; McLaren sticks with Leafs

A few minor signings to pass your way:

— The Florida Panthers have signed veteran forward Joey Crabb to a two-year, one-way deal worth $1.2 million. Crabb will carry at $600,00 average annual cap hit in Florida after spending last season in Washington, briefly playing on a line with Alex Ovechkin.

Crabb, 30, inked a one-year, one-way deal worth $950,000 last summer after a solid 2011-12 campaign in Toronto, where he notched career highs in goals (11), assists (15) and points (26).

— Phoenix has signed former Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss and re-upped with forward Kyle Chipchura. Greiss got a one-year deal worth $750,000 and will likely replace Jason LaBarbera as Mike Smith’s backup in the desert.

Still no word on the money for Chipchura, a versatile two-way center that scored 14 points in 46 games last year.

— Tough guy Frazer McLaren has re-upped with Toronto on two-year, $1.4 million deal that will carry an average annual cap hit of $700,000. McLaren appeared in 36 games with the Leafs last season, scoring five points, and appeared in one of Toronto’s seven first-round playoff games against Boston.

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

Montreal Canadiens v Washington Capitals

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.

Agent: Crabb done in Washington, didn’t work out for either party


Former Alex Ovechkin linemate Joey Crabb won’t be back with the Capitals in 2013-14, according to the Washington Post.

Crabb’s agent, Kevin Epp, told the Post that Crabb “has no intentions to sign back with the Capitals,” adding that “I don’t think it worked out for either party.”

Crabb, 30, inked a one-year, one-way deal worth $950,000 last summer after a solid 2011-12 campaign in Toronto, where he notched career highs in goals (11), assists (15) and points (26).

The former Colorado College standout got some quality opportunities in Washington — in late January, he was playing with Ovechkin and Jay Beagle — but eventually faded out of Adam Oates’ plans entirely.

Crabb didn’t play in a single regular-season contest after Mar. 17 and didn’t appear in any of Washington’s seven opening-round playoff games against the Rangers.


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

Wolski bolts Washington, signs with KHL club

Today’s waivers: Halpern (Rangers), Crabb (Caps), Lee (Bolts) and of course, Boychuk (‘Canes)


Just a flurry of waiver wire movement on Friday, so let’s get right to it:

Rangers waive Jeff Halpern

Halpern, 36, has appeared in all 30 games for the Blueshirts this year, recording just one assist while averaging 9:10 TOI per game.

The veteran checking center was mostly used in a penalty killing role this season, averaging over two shorthanded minutes per contest. He also took the fourth-most faceoffs for the Rangers this year, and had the second-highest winning percentage (56.7).

Halpern signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Blueshirts last summer after spending last season in Washington.

Lighting waive Brian Lee

Lee, 25, had appeared in 22 games for the Bolts this season but hasn’t played since going minus-3 in a 4-3 loss to Montreal on Mar. 9.

His falling out favor in Tampa Bay coincided with the emergence of rookie defenseman Radko Gudas, and yesterday’s announcement that GM Steve Yzerman had inked highly-touted college free agent Andrej Sustr.

Lee’s in the first year of a two-year, $2.3 million deal — he has an average annual cap hit of $1.15 million. He’s minus-13 this season, and has failed to register a single point.

Capitals waive Joey Crabb

Crabb, 29, has appeared in 26 games this year, recording two goals while averaging 9:25 of ice time. He hasn’t played in either of Washington’s last two games — a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh and a 4-0 win over Winnipeg — and has gradually seen his role reduced after briefly playing on a line with Alex Ovechkin.

The Caps signed Crabb to a one-year, $950,000 deal last July after his solid 2011-12 campaign — he scored a career-high 11 goals and 26 points while playing for Toronto.

‘Canes waive Zach Boychuk

You can read all about the strange saga of Boychuk here, because I don’t really want to rehash it again. Just know it’s the fourth time he’s been put on waivers in 50 days, and the second time Carolina’s waived him this season.

Caps accuse Ott of ‘breaking the code’


The Washington Capitals say Steve Ott crossed the line during Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Sabres.

Ott, one of the NHL’s premier agitators, asked Washington rookie Steve Oleksy to fight with 7:12 left in the game and the Caps up by one — to which Olesky obliged.

Just one problem: Ott didn’t.

Instead, the Sabres forward kept his gloves on and ate a couple of Oleksy jabs, earning his team a power play in the process (Oleksy was given a roughing minor.)

Washington proceeded to kill the PP but were none too pleased following the game.

Here’s more, from CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley:

“It ticks you off,” said Caps forward Joey Crabb. “All of us feel the same way. The more you play against him the more you realize he’s going to pull those kinds of things.”

Asked if it is an unwritten rule that a player doers not skate away from another player after saying “Let’s go,” Crabb said, “One hundred percent.

“It happens all the time with him. Not with most players. There are a few players in the league that do that and he’s one of them.”

The Caps say Ott took advantage of common fighting knowledge — guys don’t waste any time throwing the first punch, because even the slightest hesitation can be costly.

As such, it’s easy to goad opponents into taking those sorts of penalties.

“It’s a tough spot when you’re tangled up so tight and somebody asks you to go,” Oleksy said. “If he does drop his gloves and he comes through with one, at this level the guys are too strong and throw too hard. It only takes one.”

Caps head coach Adam Oates agreed.

“We told Stevie that’s part of [Ott’s] M.O. We warned him, but it’s so hard when someone confronts you. Part of being a fighter is you gotta be ready.”