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Agent: Caps Pursuing Deals With Fedorov, Johnson

After Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final tonight, I caught up with agent Pat Brisson, who represents Sergei Fedorov and Brent Johnson (as well as Sidney Crosby, which is why he was at Mellon Arena).

Brisson told me that he has opened discussions with the Caps about extensions for Fedorov and Johnson in the past week. Fedorov, he said, is currently in Russia visiting family and meeting with KHL teams who are interested in luring him back to his homeland.

"I know he's having some meetings with some teams from the KHL," Brisson said of Fedorov. "So he's going to explore that and get back to me. In the meantime, I've spoken to Washington a couple times."

Asked if the sides are "in the same ballpark" with regard to money, Brisson said: "Not really. But we weren't in the same ballpark when we started last year, and we ended up in the same ballpark in the end. He had a great year. He liked it there a lot and he feels he has some unfinished business. That team could have won Game 7, and maybe they would have been here tonight. At the same time, he is intrigued with the KHL."

Last year, Fedorov sought a two-year deal but wound up settling for a one-year contract. The 39-year-old's $4 million salary last season also represented a pay cut.

Brisson said Fedorov has a different agent negotiating on his behalf in Russia.

As for Johnson, Brisson said the Caps are interested in re-signing the backup goalie. What that means for Jose Theodore is unclear, but it certainly struck me as interesting because prospects Simeon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth are also in the mix.

"We've been exchanging proposals," Brisson said of the Johnson talks. "Brent likes it there, too, but yeah, they are trying to re-sign him."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 10, 2009; 12:50 AM ET
 
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Um, ok... its 2am... I just home... If Johnson is resigned, either Theo has to be out the door (which would be great) or Varlamov will be stuck in Hershey with Neuvy (which would suck).

Ridding us of Theo's contract would be great.

I hope to see Varly get 45 to 50 starts next season and Johnson/Neuvy get the rest.

As for Fedorov, as I stated before, anything north of $2M for 1 year I am opposed, but if the Caps overpay for anyone I guess why not Feds.

Posted by: JSchon | June 10, 2009 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Sign Johnny and balk at Fedorov, who wants another $4 mil. $3-3.5 would be okay, but if he wants more, let Gustafsson, Bourque, Osala, and Beagle fight it out for a spot.

Now if we could just find someone to take Nylander and Theodore off of our hands, we'd have some serious cap space.

Posted by: washcaps | June 10, 2009 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Theo buyout?

Posted by: lornemyoung | June 10, 2009 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Huh?!? Didn't see that coming, but if it means that Theo is gone, bring it on!! RE: Fed, I would love to see him stay, but only for about $2M. But, then again, if Theo is gone we have more money to play with. Hmm ... :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | June 10, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

NO JOHNSON!!

Posted by: jmb9778 | June 10, 2009 6:48 AM | Report abuse

jmb9778:
You would take Theo over Johnny when we've got Varly in the wings?

Posted by: --Boo-- | June 10, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse

@wendel2: If you weren't always so quick to jump on my posts you would have noticed from the start that I said, that you said, the Caps could learn a thing or two about hustle.

Your last comment to me: "hey fanhock thats quite the resume....but point is I never said bring all the Bears up to the caps like you said I did.I said they could learn from their hustle... get your rants correct there mister Hockey USA...oh yeah were you the coach at Lake Placid too?

What I said to capsfan01: “No one is implying the Bears should be moved up except maybe Wendel2 who thinks the Caps can learn how to hustle from the Bears. I am one of the Caps faithful that took the family up to Hershey to enjoy games 3 and 4.”

I repeated what you have said over the last couple of weeks, accurately, and you stated it again in a post trying to make me look like a fool.

By the way, have a little class, the coach of the 1980 Lake Placid team passed away in a car accident in 2003. If you had any kind of hockey knowledge you would have known. I'll let you stay up past your bed time if you can tell me the coach's name. Of course now you will do an internet search so it isn't much of a challenge.

Posted by: fanohock1 | June 10, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Jumpy66: I'm sure you will be back even though it makes absolutely no sense. You should be on a Pens or Wings board. To say that the officials tried to hand it to the Red Wings on a silver platter is a joke. There were many calls that went uncalled. The big hit by Cooke on Datsyuk was interference, and then within second Cooke gave Zetterberg a two handed slash. To that point the Pens had zero penalties calls against them.

Your boys held on for the last half of the game and will get destroyed in Detroit again.

Posted by: fanohock1 | June 10, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather have a $1 million backup in Johnny than a $4.5 million backup in Theo...but I'm afraid that we're stuck with JT60 whether he's the starter or backup...Can't buy him out--so please get THAT idea out of your heads--the only feasable option is trading him.

Posted by: R617 | June 10, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

...oh, yeah...as for Fedorov--loved having him; but it's time to move on--he's going to want stupid $$$ again to be Semin's babysitter...I'd rather have that cash for other preswing needs; not a 39-year-old center whose next injury could be his last.

Posted by: R617 | June 10, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

...that's supposed to be PRESSING needs...and the Pens suck.

Posted by: R617 | June 10, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Anybody want to play the crazy possibilities game?

Assume Fedorov and Kozlov are not re-signed. That's 6.5 million right there. I don't think Morrisson needs to come back, especially after you see where I'm going with this. I happen to think that either Poti or Pothier would be expendable too; they both have another year, so this would have to be in a trade.

Either way, that leaves plenty of money for a six-year, 48-million dollar to JAY BOUWMEESTER, who's a UFA.

BTW if the Caps can trade Theodore that's another 4.5 million off the books. Re-sign Johnson and give Varlamov and Neuvirth most of the work.

The D would look like this:

Green
Bouwmeester
Poti (or) Pothier
Erskine
Alzner
Schultz

Carlson, like Alzner this past year, starts in Hershey.

There would still be some room for a power forward signing, but not much because Backstrom will get a big new deal for '10-'11. A forward or two from Hershey would have to step up.

Oneal

Posted by: TheRealOneal | June 10, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I believe Theo can be waived and sent to Hershey if it comes down to needing the $4.5 million and being unable to trade him.

Posted by: decoy13 | June 10, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I love Feds and all, but we gotta be realistic here: $1 million or GTFO. We have prospects busting at the seams, and unless we give them time to be evaluated, we'll never know what we have.

We played outstanding hockey when we had all those call-ups during the year. So let's give the guys a chance! Plus Feds is slowwwwww and we need more speed. the Pens skated circles around us...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | June 10, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

btw TheRealOneal, I'd be peeved if we gave Bouwmeester more $$ than Green, and for a longer time. Green I believe makes $5.5 million/year, so I don't see any chance of us giving Bouwmeester $8 million/year.

In fact, would ANYONE give Bouwmeester that much? I kinda doubt it. Maybe $5 million/year. He's good, but he's not good enough to make more than Lidstrom (7-something million/year).

Posted by: sargeantmofo | June 10, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Pay JayBo 8 mill and say goodbye to Backstrom after next year.

Posted by: decoy13 | June 10, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Fedorov needs to retire already. Too old and too expensive.

Posted by: FancyDan | June 10, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The Caps are not going to sign any big name free agents. This young team was one win away from beating the team that is one win away from winning the Stanley Cup. If the Caps sign a guy for a big multi-year contract, then we can start saying goodbye to certain members of our young core.

Before anyone starts arguing that we need to sign a big name defenseman or center, please take a moment to look back at the most recent [big] free agent signings by the Caps: Nylander, Kozlov, Poti, Theo. Sorry, but count me in the camp that supports the current plan. Build through our system and supplement the system through late season trades if necessary.

Posted by: HeShootsHeScores | June 10, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

decoy, I hope you are joking. Seriously.

Posted by: MeatSweats | June 10, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@TheRealOneal:

Not exactly what I had in mind. A few unlucky bounces notwithstanding, Poti has mostly been quite solid for us. Maybe he doesn't kabong people the way we'd like, but he's still pretty good at cleaning up the loose trash. If any Caps' D-Men get their walking papers, I'd keep Poti and let go of Morrissonn (sp?) and/or Schultz.

Posted by: Rhino40 | June 10, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov has been a real differencemaker ever since he signed with the Caps last year. Our record with Fedorov in the lineup has been outstanding.

Feds deserves 3.5 mil for one more year, IMO.

He was 5th in playoff scoring for the team.

He won the series for us against the Rags with that beauty GWG in game 7.

And he is a great leader and presence in the lockeroom. Young players need vet presence to succeed, and we need Feds IMO.

Posted by: greener1 | June 10, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

BIG NAME FREE AGENTS ARE NOT THE WAY TO GO!!!!!

Free agents like Bouwmeester do nothing but disappoint. Look at Drury, Briere, Campbell, Huet, Gomez, Sundin, Nylander, and so so many more. They are signed to WAY more then they deserve because that's what the market dictates, and then they come in with high cap hits and high expectations that are almost never met. We sign Bouwmeester to the contract he'll inevitably command, and next year, or the year after we're all on here brain storming on how we get rid of him, just like we're doing now with Nylander and Theodore. If we can land a Chris Pronger like player in a trade then awesome, but shelling out all our cap space for the next 8 years or so on one player is only going to hurt our team.

Posted by: dcfury | June 10, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I know that last post wasn't exactly on topic, but I want to stop the Bouwmeester speculation before it starts getting out of hand.

Resigning Fedorov would be awesome, but only for the right price. Not to say he isn't one, but his ridiculous amount of dumb stick penalties didn't exactly help his pitch as a leader. At the end of the day, when you stop looking at the name tag who here wants to pay a 39 year old forward 3-4 million dollars for 11 goals and 22 assists?

As for Johnson I would much rather him then Theodore, but re-signing him may not be possible. A Theodore buy out would spread his cap hit out over a few years, a smaller number yes, but still a hit. If I remember correctly the largest cap hit we would see from a JT buyout would be next season when we're resigning Backstrom and Semin. To me it makes sense to suck up having the 4.5 hit for this season and getting away free and clear in time to resign Backstrom and Semin. Theodore is far from what you want on your team as a starter, but as a back-up, at his skill level, he ain't half bad. It sucks but unless we can trade him, or convince him to join the masses headed to Russia, sticking with him might be our best long term option.

Posted by: dcfury | June 10, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand the talk of getting rid of Backstrom. Or Semin, for that matter. I do agree that big name/big salary players are not the way to go. Remember Jagr? ALong with all the other disappointments that other posters have mentioned? I do think the Caps need to continue to move up some of the players from the Bears, and I'd prefer Carlson.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | June 10, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Waive Theo and sign Johnson, dont resign Feds. Forget about Schultz, Morrison and Jurcina too. Bouwmeester will be too expensive in the long run, for when we need to resign Backstrom and Semin. I think the Caps need a solid big men on D, a guy like Mattias Ohlund would be perfect. He may be 32 years old, but he plays hard, good with the puck,can point the powerplay with his hard slapper and is a leaderfigure for the younger players, Captain-material. He's finishing a 3,5 mill/year with the Canucks and we'll get him much cheaper than Bouwmeester!

Posted by: Walle | June 10, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Remember Feds missed 30 games due to a freak ankle injury, the first of his entire career. I think he plays 65-70 games next year, a huge improvement from this.

Posted by: greener1 | June 10, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov-Johnson (Neuvirth)

Green - Ohlund 4,8 mill(?)
Poti - Alzner
Pothier - Erskine
(Sloan, Lepisto, Carlson)

Ovechkin - Backstrom - Cammalleri 5,0 mill(?)
Semin - Clark - Fleischmann
Laich - Gordon - Bradley
Giroux - Steckel - Aucoin

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These guys can also fight for the last 3 spots:

Laing
Osala
Bourque
Mink
Fehr

Damn, i should be GM!

Posted by: Walle | June 10, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Theo could be traded for a player that has a longer term contract that someone wants to get rid of.

They probably wont want Theo in return, but they could live with it for one year, and then let him go.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 10, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

You would have to be a complete IDIOT to even consider trading Backstrom, not unless you can get a TOP notch NHL center in return.

Semin is another story, he's a winger. If I could get a good defenseman or center for him, I'd trade him.

Posted by: joek443 | June 10, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Signing Boumeester would be really stupid.

Green, Poti, Alzner, Jurcina, Carlson, and Erskine is fine, no need to blow all that money.

If you want to wait on Carlson, then keep Pothier or just call up Sloan.

It would be SO nice if we can somehow get Theo off this team. Flyers could have been an option, but they got Emery. Maybe the Maple Leafs will take him?

It's time to part ways with Feds. The leadership is good, but really he hasn't produced here and is injured too much.

Posted by: digster1013 | June 10, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't be shocked if the Capitals offer up either Varlamov or Neuvi to acquire a Veteran D or Center. Mcphee has already stated a trade would be more viable than a big free agent. One of the kids could fetch alot!

Posted by: bricucci | June 10, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov-Johnson (Neuvirth)

Green - Ohlund 4,8 mill(?)
Poti - Alzner
Pothier - Erskine
(Sloan, Lepisto, Carlson)

Ovechkin - Backstrom - Cammalleri 5,0 mill(?)
Semin - Clark - Fleischmann
Laich - Gordon - Bradley
Giroux - Steckel - Aucoin

--------
These guys can also fight for the last 3 spots:

Laing
Osala
Bourque
Mink
Fehr


3 FORWARDS ON LINE 2? AND 2 CENTERS ON LINE 4? I think Giroux would be a fantastic person to sign a 1 way deal with and put him on the Backstrom/Ovi Line. His skating isn't great, but you don't score 70 goals in the AHL with out having a nose for the net. I think he would thrive with all the attention Ovi gets. Remember C Clark scored 30 goals skating with Ovi.

Posted by: bricucci | June 10, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Call up Giroux, Beagle, Aucoin and Sloan. Sign Feddy, even if he wants 4 million. Overpriced but I don't think this team is ready to part with its elder, with these last 2 game 7's.

Johnson is a pretty solid back up, I don't know about buying out Theo's contract as its awfully expensive and I'm unsure how that would play into the salary cap. I foresee Johnson and Varly doing a dual goalie rotation.

But we DO need another good defensive defensemen. Green is great but he kind of choked all playoffs, and while a great puck mover we need someone with the physicality of Erksine and better sight than Poti. Its fairly evident Varly was standing on his head the entire Pens series because we were out shot every game, another strong and smart defenseman finds Crosby, and gets the puck out more.

If Brucie wants to really drive home the run and gun, then we have to be the aggressors for all 60 minutes. Thats how we played most of last season, the playoffs were an entirely different team.

Posted by: breaklance | June 11, 2009 2:30 AM | Report abuse

I believe decoy13 was saying that if we were to sign JayBo for $8 mil per, we would have to say goodbye to Backstrom after next year... He wasn't saying that we should do it. He was saying that we shouldn't.

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 11, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao: Thank you for the clarification. There are limits to being precise in print. Your explanation of decoy13's comment about losing Backstrom makes sense. And I totally agree that it would be a mistake to sign up a "star" for 8 million only to lose one (or more) of the Caps' most promising young guys.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | June 11, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

And, sigh, is it next season yet?

Posted by: dccitizen1 | June 11, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

We absolutely could waive Theo. His cap hit currently is 4.5M but if we cut him then we would have a cap hit of 1.125 next year and 1.125 in 2010/2011. I say cut him and take the 3M in savings and resign our own.

Lastly, with all the "D" scenarios I'll say this, any defense with Schultz in it is a bad defense. It's not even a discussion, he is atrocious at the NHL level and it gets worse in the playoffs.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | June 11, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

My understanding from an inside source is that Theo is not a good mentor and would not be happy sitting behind Varly or Neuvirth. Johnson has told the caps that he would be more than happy to mentor whichever young goalie is the starter. Johnson also played fairly well when healthy this past year.

Posted by: srobert1117 | June 11, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Is there a reason this story didn't make the actual paper today (I waited a day, since I figured the conversation was post- deadline). This blog is great and all, but shouldn't the focus still be on getting useful information into the Post, which is still arguably a "Paper of Record". Maybe I'm in the vast minority of readers in that I actually read the paper version every morning, and I look forward to reasoned, more final analysis and speculation in the paper as compared to the blog which can be more rapid fire.

My $.02

Posted by: oldtimehockey | June 11, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I think the writing is on the wall with Theo if Johnson is re-signed. Johnny will accept a backup/mentoring role with either of the two young goalies (Varlamov or Neuvirth) while Theo will not be happy....if he's not traded, I can see the Caps trying to buy him out to free up some cap space. I'd be shocked if the Caps went with a goalie combo of Theo and Johnson after seeing how well Varly played in the playoffs and Neuvirth in Hershey.

As for Feds, I don't see the Caps paying him anywhere near $4M even if it's a one year deal. They would like him back, but for somewhere closer to $2M. Feds will get some bigger offers in the KHL so it will come down to how much unfinished business he has here with the Caps.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 11, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Remember that Fedorov blew Nylander out of the water this year. Outscored him with 20 less GP. Nyls was supposed to be the @C at season's start.

Fedorov still has the ability to surprise a few people.

Posted by: greener1 | June 16, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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