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


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.

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

Tom Poti

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.

Pekka Rinne, once pepper-sprayed by Finnish pizzeria owner, highlights ’13 Masterton nominee list

Goalie Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on March 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
(March 29, 2013 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

The official nominees list is in for the 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy and, if voting is based purely on entertaining anecdotes, Pekka Rinne will be the runaway winner.

Nashville’s Masterton nominee for this season, Rinne had this story attached to his nomination bio:

In the summer of 2006, after Rinne’s first year in North America with the Milwaukee Admirals, he was at a bachelor party in Finland when he was a victim of an assault by a pizzeria owner.

The assailant fired pepper spray into Rinne’s eyes and tackled him. Rinne had to undergo shoulder surgery, which kept him out four months.

“I was still young and right away you’re thinking ‘this is it,’ ” Rinne said in a 2011 article about the incident. “It’s a scary feeling.”

Kudos to whoever wrote this for going into such detail, though now we’re left to wonder why a Finnish pizza joint owner was packing pepper spray. Is this, like, a thing?

Anyway, back to the Masterton…

The award is given annually to the National Hockey League player that “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication” to hockey.

Last year’s winner, Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, captured the award after suffering a concussion and fractured vertebrae (on this hit from Zdeno Chara) to record career-highs in goals (33), assists (32) and points (65).

Each team was asked to submit one player for consideration for this year’s award.

They are:

Western Conference

Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim), Steve Begin (Calgary), Marian Hossa (Chicago), Jean-Sebastien Giguere (Colorado), Vinny Prospal (Columbus), Ray Whitney (Dallas), Patrick Eaves (Detroit), Ryan Smyth (Edmonton), Jonathan Bernier (Los Angeles), Josh Harding (Minnesota), Pekka Rinne (Nashville), James Sheppard (San Jose), Brian Elliott (St. Louis), Shane Doan (Phoenix), Kevin Bieksa (Vancouver).

Eastern Conference

Adam McQuaid (Boston), Jochen Hecht (Buffalo), Dan Ellis (Carolina), Peter Mueller (Florida), Andrei Markov (Montreal), Stephen Gionta (New Jersey), Radek Martinek (New York Islanders), Marc Staal (New York Rangers), Andre Benoit (Ottawa), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Kimmo Timonen (Philadelphia), B.J. Crombeen (Tampa Bay), James Reimer (Toronto), Tom Poti (Washington), Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg).

Laich back for Caps tonight

Brooks Laich

It appears Brooks Laich will make his season debut for the Capitals tonight when they take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

(Update: Laich will indeed play.)

According to the Washington Post, Laich was skating on the Caps’ fourth line with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle at this morning’s pre-game skate.

Laich has been sidelined with a groin injury that he suffered in November while playing in Europe during the lockout.

While the 29-year-old will likely be eased back into action, his return is good news for the Caps, who are entering what captain Alex Ovechkin has called their “biggest week.”

Washington plays the red-hot Penguins tonight, then has back-to-back games Thursday and Friday in Winnipeg, and finishes the trip Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.

“You know what? It’s our season right now,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “We’ve got to win games. We talked collectively as a group that we’ve got to show up for work every night. They’re tough games and we need them.”

UPDATE: To make room for Laich on the active roster, the Caps have put defenseman Tom Poti (back) on IR.

Caps recall Orlov from AHL Hershey

Dmitry Orlov

The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Dmitry Orlov from AHL Hershey as an injury replacement for Tom Poti (back).

Orlov, 21, appeared in 60 games for Washington a season ago, scoring 3G-16A-19PTS while averaging close to 17 minutes per game.

Washington’s second-round pick (55th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Orlov missed extensive time for Hershey this season with a concussion but still managed to score 12 points in 22 games.

The Caps’ website says Orlov will participate in Tuesday’s morning skate in Pittsburgh — Washington takes on the Pens later that evening — and will wear No. 81, assuming he draws into the lineup for Poti.

Orlov is just the latest Hershey defenseman to be called up in the wake of blueline injuries (Poti, Mike Green, John Erskine).

In Sunday’s 5-3 win over Buffalo, the Caps’ defense featured 27-year-old rookie Steven Olesky, who made his NHL debut on Mar. 5.