Agent: No talks with Caps about Theodore
It appears the Caps are prepared to make a change in net next season.
The agent for goaltender Jose Theodore , who just completed his second season in Washington, said there have been no discussions regarding an extension for the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to be.
“They haven’t communicated with me at all,” Don Meehan said this morning from his Toronto-area office.
Meehan didn’t want to speculate about the Caps’ plans. But we know this: If there hasn’t been a single discussion of an extension by now, most likely there’s not going to be one.
“Jose can’t control anything as far as his association with Washington,” Meehan added. “It’s a matter of going to free agency on July 1 if Washington chooses not to establish a relationship with him. He’s a veteran, he’s been around a long time, he’s positive.”
If Theodore does not return and the Caps don’t make any other moves in net this summer, that probably means they’re going to go with their two 22-year-olds, Semyon Varlamov and Michael Neuvirth , next season. Each carries a cap hit of $821,667 in 2010-11, while Theodore earned $4.5 million last season.
As everyone here is well aware, Theodore went through a lot off the ice last winter after the death of his infant son. He endured some struggles in November and December as a result, but he rallied down the stretch and finished with a 30-7-7 record, a .911 save percentage and a 2.81 goals against average — numbers that guarantee he’ll have a job somewhere next season.