A-Train homes in on Capitals

The A-Train appears to be getting ready for departure.

Five weeks before the opening of the NHL’s unrestricted free agent market, sources have confirmed that Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov has put his Ottawa house up for sale.

All signs point to Washington as his next destination.

Talk is the Capitals are prepared to offer Volchenkov a salary in the $5 million-range, which would be a $1.8-million raise from his 2009-10 stipend. There is also the belief that the Caps will have star winger Alex Ovechkin call his comrade and sell him on moving to the D.C. area.

Part of the appeal for Volchenkov — along with a lavish contract and the fact Washington is expected to be a Stanley Cup contender — figures to be that he’d be joining a team that already boasts fellow Russians Alexander Semin , Semyon Varlamov and Ovechkin .

of course, could still decide he wants to remain in Ottawa, where he has played all seven of his NHL seasons. But talks between the Senators and the league’s all-time shot-blocking leader are going nowhere.

“I’d like to re-sign him, but the dollars don’t work at the present asking price,”Senators GM Bryan Murray said Saturday.

Andy Sutton could still be an option for Plan B, although the big blueliner may also be out of the Senators’ salary range — or demanding more than they’re prepared to give him — when he is scheduled to become a UFA on July 1.


7 Responses to A-Train homes in on Capitals

  1. Tavares-Stamkos14 says:

    This would be a very good move for the Caps. Them as well as the Pens could use another good defenceman, What I think the Pens should do is pursue Dan Hamhuis. He would help them out a lot as well they should try to work out a trade with Vancouver to get Michael Grabner off of them and try him out on Crosby's wing. I have a hunch about that Grabner kid I think he could be huge for the Pens who really need to find Crosby a good winger.

  2. intelligentscorpio says:

    Who the heck is Michael Grabner?

  3. pezzz123 says:

    Green – Schultz
    Poti – Volchenkov
    Carlson – Alzner

    Sounds awfully good.

  4. Tavares-Stamkos14 says:

    Hes one of Vancouvers forward prospects. He looks NHL ready now its just hard to crack the Vancouver lineup.

  5. Redwings3019 says:

    I find it funny how Washington seems to be invaded by Russians…

  6. hockeyhead says:

    how is it that they can afford all these big contracts?

  7. leafmeister says:

    Reagan would have NEVER tolerated this….

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