Huet's Agent: 'We're Interested'
Earlier today I spoke to Stephen Bartlett, the agent for goaltender Cristobal Huet. He told me Huet is open to re-signing with the Caps, and would even consider doing so before hitting the open market. But he also said serious talks on an extension have not begun.
What the Caps are waiting for is anyone's guess. But Bartlett made it sound like the team and city left quite an impression on his client.
"The team had a great run and was successful," Bartlett said. "So certainly Washington will get strong consideration as a place that makes sense for him. I can't sit here and tell you that Washington is his first choice or second choice, but he felt he was treated well there, he liked his teammates, the coaching staff. All that combined means they will get every consideration for his services."
Bartlett added that he plans to sit down with Huet when the goalie returns from the World Championships (he's playing for France) and expects talks with the Capitals to begin soon thereafter.
With one goaltender (Brent Johnson) under contract, sorting out the goaltending situation is obviously one of the Caps' top priorities this offseason (along with re-signing defenseman Mike Green.)
Huet can probably expect to double his $2.875 million salary, and if he's allowed to reach the open market, will have no shortage of suitors. I'm hearing that Olie Kolzig has not been in contact with the team since his exit interview with Coach Bruce Boudreau the day after the season. But that doesn't necessarily mean he's done in Washington, I'm told.
So stay tuned. This could get interesting.
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