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Talks Between Huet and Caps Continue

Stephen Bartlett, the agent for goalie Cristobal Huet, said he's "impressed" with the way the Caps have handled discussions on an extension for his client. But he was also quick to add that there's plenty of hard work left to be done -- work that could begin this weekend at the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa, where he expects to meet with General Manager George McPhee.

I'm also hearing that Huet has a real estate agent looking for a home in the area. Bartlett could not confirm that, and he also declined to discuss the specifics of his talks with the team. But he did indicate that Huet is seeking a three-year deal, which I think would be the ideal term for the Caps. So the hang up, if there is one, looks like it's going to be money.

"The back-and-forth has been pretty steady," he said when asked to describe the negotiations.

Bartlett's comments come one day after a reader on this blog translated a story from a French newspaper that quoted Huet saying his first priority is to remain in Washington.

As Bartlett said, there's still much to be done. And negotiations remain in the early stages. But it's certainly looking like there's a good chance Huet will be the starter in Washington next season.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 18, 2008; 11:01 AM ET
 
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