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Brashear Expects to Hit Open Market

Pending unrestricted free agent Donald Brashear told The Post's Mike Wise moments ago that he has not been offered a contract extension by the Capitals and expects to hit the open market next week.

"I'm just waiting for free agency to see what kind of offers I get from other teams," the 37-year-old enforcer said. "If I don't hear from the Caps [after free agency begins], then I'll come back to them and see if they still want me."

Brashear does not currently have an agent and represented himself in previous contract negotiations with the Caps. Each of his one-year extensions with the Capitals (in 2007 and '08) were signed during the season. He earned $1.2 million last season, up from $1.1 million in 2007-08.

"If I don't go back to Washington, maybe I can help another team get some respect," he added. "I've been doing that wherever I go."

Brashear also told Wise that his first choice is to return to Washington next season, but he's come to terms with the reality that he might have to ply his trade elsewhere, even if it means going to Russia.

"I have to decide if I want to go after personal milestones and go to a team that can win the Cup," added Brashear, who is 11 games from 1,000. "Or go somewhere else and make [more] money at the end of my career."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 24, 2009; 7:05 PM ET
 
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Bye Brash. It was fun while it lasted.

Posted by: Semvechkin | June 24, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Semvechkin:
I wouldn't rule him out just yet. If he decides to go for "milestones" and not money, we may see him in a Caps sweater again. I'm guessing that the ball is in his court (the puck is in his rink?).

Posted by: --Boo-- | June 24, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Brash,

Au revoir! Do Svidagnye! Auf Wiedersehen! Adios! Sayonara! We enjoyed you while you were here.

It is likely time to go with a younger fellow in that particular slot. We essentially lived without Brash for the last several regular season games. And then when he didn't come back when his 6 game suspension had expired, I knew his days were numbered. I'm assuming the Caps are making room for the prospects at Hershey. (BTW, if Beagle makes the team, he'll hopefully play more than 3 minutes a game.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 24, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

If he could only still put up 15-25 points...

Posted by: richmondphil | June 24, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.

By all means I don't mean the greatest draft, but everything I read says it is pretty deep respectively. 2008 was deep itself, but I thought everyone was reading this, since it is on every website I read. Everywhere I go it talks about how deep this draft is supposed to be.

"The 2009 NHL Draft is promising to be one that is very deep in top end talent that will extend to roughly the top eight picks. After that, the talent level drops off a bit, and that level of talent lasts until about pick number twenty two.

After that, however, there is not that huge of a drop off in talent until the end of the second round. Teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders that have multiple picks in the first three rounds are going to come away with a lot of high level talent."
You don't really judge a draft's depth by NHL ready players from the get go. GMGM probably just meant by NHL ready standards, because this draft is supposed to produce in the near future...

Posted by: richmondphil | June 24, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil: Remember that McPhee is thinking largely in the near term this year. All indications are that the Caps are going to make a serious run at the Cup this season, and no, last season was not a serious "win now" attitude. I wouldn't be surprised to see him package up a pick / or two / a prospect / some combination of the above for a gritty RW or something if he sees something that makes sense for him.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 24, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank God.

Posted by: Chris57 | June 24, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

If they are gonna make a trade and really go for the Cup next year, it had better not be for a TOUGH DEFENSEMAN or two. Not for a gritty RW, soft LW or any other types of wingers.

Posted by: joek443 | June 24, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Correction - the trade had better be for a tough defensema or two.

Posted by: joek443 | June 24, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather not see Brashear in a color other than Caps red or white. I don't think that another team will pick him up for what he's making now, though. He's on the downhill slope, now. We may yet see him in DC for less than what he was making before. The thing is, we don't have a ready replacement for him. Gordo and Brads aren't good enough, sexy lumberjack has concussion issues.

The Caps needs are well known. Gritty forward to park in front of the net. A punishing defenseman to clear the debris from in front of the goalie.

There are some possibilities in Hershey on the forward front, but I'm not sure about the level of play they're at. I haven't seen anyone in Hershey that clears the traffic in front of our goalies.

Forget Bou. Forget Heatley. They're too expensive and we'd have to give up too much to get them.

Look to Tampa, Montreal, Atlanta and Phoenix for some possible easy pickings. They seem to be in disaray (http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/26910-Rift-between-Lightning-coowners-raises-Habs-hope-for-Lecavalier.html) or needing to make some budget room. I'd look for non-marquee players on the upward slope.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 24, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.

Non marquee players on the upward slope sounds like a great idea. They should be relatively cheap, as well. Or at least a cap hit that's not prohibitive. Do you know of any players in that category on Tampa, Montreal, Atlanta, or Phoenix? Other teams that seem to be in disarray are Toronto and Ottawa. (No, don't trade for Heatley since he's expensive and has a long term contract and is a malcontent at the moment.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 24, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

Were you typing with hockey gloves on? (Hence, the typos). LOL.

Yesterday, I was posting on a Star Trek board and made a typo. Someone made that crack to me since I have a hockey player as my avatar.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 24, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Sport-Express (russian sport newspaper) reports that Feds signed with Magnitogorsk for two years. Seems to be true.

Posted by: Rambutan_ru | June 25, 2009 2:51 AM | Report abuse

I wish Nylander do the same =)

Posted by: Rambutan_ru | June 25, 2009 2:51 AM | Report abuse

FEDOROV IS GONE TO RUSSIA!!!!!

Posted by: beldelo | June 25, 2009 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rachel216 | June 25, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

We could do much worse than Brashear. Unfortunately every team that has a superstar, still needs an enforcer, and as much as we all hope it won't happen, sooner or later without protection someone is going to take a retaliation run at Ovie. Do you really want him breaking his hand in a fight protecting himself? I am sure he is quite capable, but he hold the fate of a franchise in those hands. Few players are actually feared in hockey and Brashear is one of them. We could do worse. With the defection of Federov, Kozlov, and hopefully the movement of Nylander, there should be room to bring some people up without moving Brashear. Ted is nt talking defensemen this off season. He is talking big, fast centers. We may be stuck with what we have or can bring up from the Calder Cup Champions. Could be a worse talent pool to draw from yes?

Posted by: dbrine1261 | June 25, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

this is bad news. if caps do not resign Brash or find a credible enforcer, look for our skill players to get pushed around at every opportunity. all you have to do is look back to the "godd ol days" of having Stephen Peet as our fighter.

i am all for skills, but without someone to be a legitimate threat against opposing players that take liberties withour guys, Caps will be in for a rough season.

GMGM get your head out of the sand!

Posted by: doughless | June 25, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

This is good news! Sounds like Brash will re-sign w the Caps after all. It would be great to see him play his 1,000th game in a Cap's sweater and eventually retire as a Cap. Also, loss of Feds and Kozzie leave us money to resign him. Hope to see him back on the ice in Washington in the coming season! D.C. loves you Brash! Choose personal "milestones" over money.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 25, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Doughless, you are right this will be bad news if GMGM does not resign him. Our players will have a very tough regular season to play.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 25, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow I actually agree with nutless & GregS on a Brash resign & his value to the team.

We got physically worn down by the rags & pummelled into submission by the pinz.

Brash could have lessen both the wear & tear.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

SHULTZ TO RUSSIA AS WELL!

Posted by: wcc118 | June 25, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

We got physically worn down by the rags & pummelled into submission by the pinz.

Brash could have lessen both the wear & tear.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse


Brashear's three minutes a game in the playoffs wasn't really that much of a difference maker.

Bye Donald.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Since Feds is leaving, sign him. Show me on guy on this team who threw down as much as he did. He doesn't have to play every shift, but it's better that he's here and our scorers are not getting popped.

Posted by: blanknerc | June 25, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

brash will sit alone all summer and his phone wont ring.......no market for him in Cap driven league if he expects over $1million

Posted by: wendel2 | June 25, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Since Feds is leaving, sign him. Show me on guy on this team who threw down as much as he did. He doesn't have to play every shift, but it's better that he's here and our scorers are not getting popped.

Wade Belak doesn't think he's so tough.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Section 117; First of all, we have 82 games to play before we get to the playoffs. Brash makes a difference in physicality and making sure liberties aren't taken with finesse players. And there were times during the playoffs, against both the Rangers and the Pens, when we could have used Brash in the line-up and on the ice. Secondly, Brashear was crushing Belak he just got an unlucky tag. It happens. Wade Belak along w the rest of the NHL still think Brashear is tough.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 25, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@wendel2: Maybe you could show him how to play World of Warcraft. a$$hat. You could make your point without being a tool.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 25, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Do not come crying that OUR players are being injured during the regular season if Brashear isn't in the line-up. As we have all witnessed, the refs don't fairly enforce the rules. They will overlook foul play made against the Caps.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 25, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"Section 117; First of all, we have 82 games to play before we get to the playoffs. Brash makes a difference in physicality and making sure liberties aren't taken with finesse players."

Where was Brashear in the St. Louis game? Why'd it take him so long to bring "physicality" in the Atlanta game in late February? And NOT to the guy who hit Ovechkin, I might add?

"And there were times during the playoffs, against both the Rangers and the Pens, when we could have used Brash in the line-up and on the ice."

He was out there against the Rangers? I didn't notice.

Secondly, Brashear was crushing Belak he just got an unlucky tag. It happens. Wade Belak along w the rest of the NHL still think Brashear is tough.

Or he's an easy fight to take now (http://hockeyfights.com/players/193/fightcard/reg2009)

Do not come crying that OUR players are being injured during the regular season if Brashear isn't in the line-up.

Wait, the players DIDN'T drop like flies due to injuries last year? Where was he then?

You know what happens when he's not out there? $1.2m saved and a chance to open up a spot for a farmhand opens up. Oh yeah, even fewer dumb penalties from a guy who contributes nothing on special teams and skates 10 shifts a game.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

sorry section117, but you are wrong. see capsfan01. ask ANY enforcer in the NHL about where Brash stacks up. I will guarantee it is near the tops of many enforcers list.

Posted by: doughless | June 25, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

section117:

Semin wasnt far behind in PIM. Brash's job assures he will have a fairly high PIM. i would argue that given that, Semin takes more stupid penalties than Brash. also, if Brash was out hitting everybody that tapped a Caps skill player you would be whinning even MORE about how Brash takes dumb penalties. you cant have it both ways.

as i said earlier; Caps NEED a credible enforcer. unless someone else is found, Brash can fill that role with no problem in the short term.

Posted by: doughless | June 25, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, because players are TOTALLY honest when speaking to the press.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Wade Belak doesn't think he's so tough.
$1.2m saved and a chance to open up a spot for a farmhand opens up. Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 12:27 PM |

Belak getting lucky does not make Brash any less of a physical force.

Check out his first game back against the rags after the injury. A win. Best 3 minutes spent on the ice that night.

& what stats are you looking @ from that site??!
Any list where it has Orr beating Brash is a joke.
How many times has that guy been rag dolled by Brash is uncountable.

Check out what true hockey fans say:
http://www.hockeyfights.com/forums/f8/top-10-thread-18346/

& what farm hand are u talking about? Aucoin? lets see him stand up to Belak or Orr.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Semin wasnt far behind in PIM. Brash's job assures he will have a fairly high PIM.

Brashear had 11 fighting majors and 121 PIMs (101 if you toss 2 10 min misconducts).

Bradley had 9 fighting majors and 59, with no misconducts. As Matt Bradley is pretty much 4th line material, yeah, Brashear takes stupid penalties.

also, if Brash was out hitting everybody that tapped a Caps skill player you would be whinning even MORE about how Brash takes dumb penalties. you cant have it both ways.

Nobody said anything about having it both ways. It would be one thing if it was a fight to start a spark among the team, or for retribution. But he doesn't do that. And that would appear to be what an enforcer does, other than stand there.


Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

enforcer doesnt mean go hit any and everybody. section117, Semin had 77 PIM. i dont understand your point with the Bradley / Brash stats. you have an opinion, great. i disagree.

Posted by: doughless | June 25, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

As Matt Bradley is pretty much 4th line material.
Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 2:44 PM |

Creditability loss.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

i dont understand your point with the Bradley / Brash stats. you have an opinion, great. i disagree.

Bradley and Brash are the same player, no?

Creditability loss.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Matt Bradley has played almost 500 NHL games and scored more than 7 goals once, and played most of his shifts this year with Brashear.

If you think Brashear's better than a 4th liner, good for you.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

section117:

sorry man, Cups are quite ofetn won because of role players. ask pens. you obviously have some problem with guys such as Brash and Brads. i would offer that Brads had 2 of the biggest goals of the Caps series against the Rags.

Posted by: doughless | June 25, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with Bradley at all. He brings energy, he hits, he draws more penalties then he takes. I just don't think you're going to get much more out of him based on his career path and age.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

All of this "Enforcer" crap is for the birds. Whatever happened to the notion of a man STANDING UP FOR HIMSELF? Huh? Usually the "Enforcer" is sitting on the bench when the dirt is done. And, more importantly, the guy that perpetrated the foul deed has returned to the bench ( Or is in the penalty box )as well. that's why this "Enforcer stuff is a total joke. 2 seasons ago, when Huet was being brutalized, his spineless, gutless team mates ( On the ice at the time the dirty deed was commited ) NEVER LIFTED A FINGER IN HIS DEFENSE. This past playoff series Varly endured the exact same lack of support. The REAL PROBLEM is that McPhee has stacked his roster with an enormous number of wimps! Plain & simple. Too many Eric Fehrs, Flashs, Potis, Morrisons, etc., etc, etc. Until George rids his roster of these chumps, THERE WILL BE NO STANLEY CUP in D.C. You can book it.

Posted by: Puckguru | June 25, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

As mentioned above, Brash is a role player. Aucoin, Borque, Beagle, and other players out of Hershey can not fill his role. With the loss of veteran player Feds and Kozzie it would just be stupid for GM not to re-sign him. For those on this board who are anxious to get newer younger players, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Hope we don't learn the hard way.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 25, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Funny, didn't I see Malkin pound the heck out of someone in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals? Also, even though I hate Cindy Crosby, at least he got into more fights than Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green and Semin combined. I agree with Puckguru, sometimes the stars just have to stand up themselves. Even though I hated the Penguins, seeing Malkin and Crosby defend themselves probably earn more respect out of their own team mates and any goals scored.

Posted by: JohnWWW | June 25, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

As mentioned above, Brash is a role player. Aucoin, Borque, Beagle, and other players out of Hershey can not fill his role. With the loss of veteran player Feds and Kozzie it would just be stupid for GM not to re-sign him.

You're right. Aucoin and Bourque can actually contribute to the team, provide decent-ish 2 way play and stay out of the box, and can two it at the combined cost that Brashear was making.

For those on this board who are anxious to get newer younger players, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Hope we don't learn the hard way.

For those on this board who think that Brashear is the glue in the locker room and is a valuable contributor that should be re-signed, what value is he bringing to the team that can't be done cumulatively by others in the room?

At this point, he's taking up a roster spot, pure and simple.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I didn't say that he was "the glue" that holds the team together. He is a piece of the puzzle and part of the team's chemistry. As for Borque and Aucoin, they do not and would not have the same role as Brash. Neither are enforcers or veterans. Apples and oranges.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 25, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

And this year, he was a miniscule and, at times, irelevant piece of said puzzle.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Just bec someone isn't a goal scorer doesn't make them irrelevant.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 25, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

When a 37 year old UFA on the 4th line is on the ice for twice as many goals by the other team as his own, draws fewer penalties than he takes, and can barely do the job he was brought into do anymore, $1.2 million isn't cost-efficient.

Posted by: Section117 | June 25, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

If money is the issue...
First, Brashear is a fan favorite. Draws fans, media attention, and sells gear. GMs and owners do have to consider this. Secondly, he may be willing to sign for less considering the economy and his personal "milestones". Lastly, he will not cost much more than someone like Beagle. And now that Fedorov and Kozlov are gone there is a little more money with which to play. The GM is probably trying to put all of the last pieces together and then will see how much he has left to offer Brash. It would be stupid not to have an enforcer and there isn't anyone out there to take his place as such. Unlike Puckguru and JohnWWWW, I don't want to see our stars fight. They could break a hand or worse. And Malkin and Crosby don't defend themselves. They take cheap shots.

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 25, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the argument we here in DC will magnify on regaurding Brash is where enforcers still have a place in the NHL. If they do, or don't. Frankly I'm still deeply disappointed with Brash's suspension while other players later in the playoffs of similar "malicious intent" received mere fines.

For me, if Brash was putting up 30+ points it might be a consideration but he's just a 3rd defense men without any of the D.

Posted by: breaklance | June 26, 2009 3:08 AM | Report abuse

First, Brashear is a fan favorite. Draws fans, media attention, and sells gear. GMs and owners do have to consider this.

Anybody who comes to a game just to see Donald Brashear really should get more exciting things in their life.

Secondly, he may be willing to sign for less considering the economy and his personal "milestones".

Isn't the goal to sign players for the betterment of the team? I don't see the benefit there.

And now that Fedorov and Kozlov are gone there is a little more money with which to play.

Considering Pothier and Clark were on LTIR most of the year, that pretty much rules that out, doesn't it.

It would be stupid not to have an enforcer and there isn't anyone out there to take his place as such.

Again, as an enforcer, he's done bupkis this year, pure and simple. When he's not fighting, he's a liability on the ice, like it or not.

For me, if Brash was putting up 30+ points it might be a consideration but he's just a 3rd defense men without any of the D.

Word.

Posted by: Section117 | June 26, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Section117 A player signing for less money IS for the "betterment" of the team. I didn't say that fans go to the games just to see Brash. I said he was a fan favorite. Stop continuing to mince my words. You are clearly intent on having the last word. So be it. I, for my part, am keeping my fingers crossed that Brashear will be back at the Verizon next season. "I have my way and you have your way. As for the correct, the right, and the only way, it does not exist." -Nietzche

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 26, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

You said he was a fan favorite that "draws fans, media attention and sells gear." Don't say one thing only to disavow it later.

Posted by: Section117 | June 26, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

re Nylander. We're going to have to pay him whether he plays here or not. Seems silly to pay a guy to crowd up your bench. Why not pay most of his salary to go play somewhere else.

Posted by: rjma1 | June 26, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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