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Capitals Insider: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Morrisonn, Laich File For Arb; Cooke to Pens

Restricted free agents Shaone Morrisonn and Brooks Laich have elected for salary arbitration. Boyd Gordon, meantime, did not, while forward Eric Fehr is expected to accept his qualifying offer. If Morrisonn and Laich do not agree to an extension with the Caps in the coming two weeks, their cases will...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 5, 2008; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Updates on Cooke, Laich and Fedorov

I've got several updates from a conversation I just had with General Manager George McPhee. *Left wing Matt Cooke, as expected, will not be returning to Washington. The signing of Matt Bradley made Cooke expendable/redundant. "Obviously, Matt Bradley has been with us longer and was committed to us," McPhee said....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 3, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Caps Sign Keith Aucoin; Laich Update

The Caps have signed free agent forward Keith Aucoin to a two-year contract. The 29-year-old split last season between Carolina and Albany (AHL), playing 38 games for both teams. More on this later. In other news that could be related to this move, I heard from a source late last...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 3, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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As If Detroit Needed More Help

I said I wasn't going to blog about free agent moves that didn't involve (or impact) the Caps. But this deal has forced me to break that rule. Marian Hossa to the Wings ... for one year at $7.4 million, according to TSN. Discuss. Update:The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Pens...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 2, 2008; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (412)
 
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A Couple of (Minor) Signings

Are you sitting down? The Caps have signed minor leaguers Graham Mink, a 29-year-old right wing, and Tyler Sloan, a 27-year-old defenseman. Mink, if you remember, was a key player in the Bears' 2006 Calder Cup run....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 2, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Caps Sign Theodore; Huet to Chicago (Updated)

In a surprising move, the Caps have signed free agent goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract. The team had been discussing a three-year contract extension with Cristobal Huet, but the sides couldn't close the deal this afternoon. "It just fell apart," Huet's agent, Stephen Bartlett, told Ken Campbell of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (697)
 
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Reports: Kolzig To Tampa

I know this isn't the goalie news most of you are waiting for. But the Lightning has reportedly reached out to former Capitals' netminder Olie Kolzig, and the sides could be closing in on a deal. From Damian Cristodero at the St. Pete Times: Kolzig would be a terrific mentor...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (235)
 
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Green Talks About His New Deal

Just got off a conference call with Mike Green, who signed a four-year, $21 million contract extension with the Caps this morning. Here's a little of what he had to say: "There's a little bit of pressure," he said. "But it also takes a lot of pressure off. You know...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
 
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Green Re-Signs (Updated)

It's confirmed: Mike Green has re-signed for four years at $5.25 million per. The deal was finalized moments ago, I'm told. Green is scheduled to speak to the media later, so check back for an update with his comments. "It took a long time, but this puts him in a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (292)
 
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Pothier: 'For eight days I was in bed'

So how is Brian Pothier feeling these days? Better, but he's nowhere close to playing hockey, according to this report in his hometown newspaper. Buoyed by a surge of improvement in May, Pothier was walking 6 miles a day when temptation got the best of him. "I had a great...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Updates on Huet and Green (Updated)

I'm sure by now you've read the update on Brooks Laich. If you haven't check it out here. I'm still in the process of gathering info on the status of the Caps' other pending free agents. But I thought I would share what I know as of right now: According...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 30, 2008; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
 
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Laich's Agent: 'We're talking' (Updated)

I just got off the phone with Roland Thompson, the agent for Brooks Laich. He said he hasn't talked to the Capitals since Thursday but expects to have some communication with them again today. So the negotiations aren't stalled, but the sides are not close to a deal, either. Laich,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 30, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
 
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Clark: 'Skating will be the big test'

While I'm still waiting to hear back from folks who can provide me with an update on the Caps' negotiations with Mike Green and Cristobal Huet, I figured this would be a good time to catch you up on the status of captain Chris Clark. Clark, of course, already has...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 29, 2008; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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