Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/04/05 at 09:36 AM ET
The Washington Capitals offered forward Peter Bondra, who will be 38 halfway through the season, a one-year contract for $1.5?million with enough incentives to push that figure to almost $2?million. Bondra, it should be pointed out, is jobless. The wing's last employer, the Ottawa Senators, declined to pick up his option for another year of service. The Atlanta Thrashers recently extended an offer but pulled it back when Bondra and his agent, Rich Winter of Edmonton, ignored a deadline for responding. Bondra, according to published reports, made a counterproposal to Washington -- a two-year, $4.5?million contract with incentives and a no-trade clause. Somebody is not getting the message here. The Capitals are in a rebuilding mode, concentrating on young skillful players. They are trying to put together the team of the future because experience has taught them that high-priced, underachieving players are not the way to go, resulting in a mass salary dump. Bondra should know; he was part of it when he was shuffled off to the Senators.
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