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Rumors: Neuvirth latest Capital to ask for trade
- Updated: Dec 31, 2013
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For the third time this season, a member of the Washington Capitals (or stated player’s agent) has asked to move on from the franchise. This time it is goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
Earlier this month the Capitals recalled younger netminder Philipp Grubauer from the AHL when Neuvirth was a little bit dinged up and since then Grubauer has had the lion’s share of the work, supplanting Braden Holtby previously few weeks as the go-to goalie for the Caps. That has left Neuvirth as the third man out, and watching numerous video games from the press box.
Neuvirth, who has been with the Capitals for every of his six NHL seasons, isn’t happy with that place. He desires to be a starter within the NHL and the writing is on the wall that he won’t really get that chance with the Caps, something that seemed certain to occur just a few years back when the Caps traded Semyon Varlamov to Colorado.
Neuvirth’s agent Patrik Stefan spoke with Adam Vingan of NBC Washington and he made it pretty clear he desires Neuvirth out of DC.
“Let me simply put it this way,” Stefan said in a cellphone interview on Monday morning when asked if Neuvirth has formally requested a trade. “I want Michal out of Washington.”
Neuvirth final dressed for an NHL recreation on Nov. 29, when he was scheduled to start in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Middle. But as he took the ice for pregame warmups, he stepped on a puck and injured his Achilles, forcing him out of the game before it even began. The next day, the Capitals recalled Philipp Grubauer, who has since started seven of their past 10 video games and forced Neuvirth out of the crew’s goaltending rotation.
“Properly clearly right now, they have three goalies up with the big membership,” Stefan stated. “He is been sitting in the stands for the past week or so… I’m hoping and I would like and want Michal out of there. It clearly does not seem like he is getting an opportunity to play and sitting within the stands would not do anything good for the membership and clearly Michal. He nonetheless has the potential to be a No. 1 guy in the NHL.”
With Neuvirth making it clear he want to discover a new staff, he joins Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov as players who already this season asked for a trade. Orlov’s opinion may need modified as he has lastly began to receive playing time but it nonetheless implies that GM George McPhee is likely to stay busy on the phones.
This season Neuvirth has performed in simply seven video games, posting a912 save share and a pair of.83 targets in opposition to average. But back in 2010-11 he was the No. 1 man and played in forty eight video games with a914 save proportion, 2.45 GAA. He then performed nine playoff games with related numbers. He is nonetheless just 25 years outdated and a few years in the past it appeared like he was going to be the Caps’ goalie for the longer term. Question is if any workforce thinks he can be their top goalie down the line.