Oates: 'I'm not disappointed in the game'
Somehow, you just knew it would come to this.
A little more than a week after saying he wants to be a No. 1 goaltender, “if not here then somewhere else,” Michal Neuvirth now has his agent beating the same drum.
According to a report by TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Patrik Stefan, the agent for Neuvirth is hoping for a “change of scenery out of Washington” for the 25-year-old goaltender.
Neuvirth has not played for the Capitals since Nov. 22, a span of 15 games. Neuvirth was injured for six of those games and was rehabbing with the Hershey Bears for three more.
But with the emergence of rookie netminder Philipp Grubauer, who is 5-1-2 since being recalled to replace Neuvirth, the Czech goaltender is beginning to wonder where and if he fits into the Capitals’ future.
In seven games for the Caps, Neuvirth is 2-3-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .912 save percentage. In his six-year NHL career he is 57-38-12 with a 2.67 GAA and .910 save percentage.
Neuvirth told CSNWashington.com that because of his lack of playing time in Washington he will not be selected to represent his country in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Neuvirth has one year remaining on a two-year contract that pays him $2.5 million a season.
If his agent has demanded a trade he becomes the third Capitals player this season to hae done so, joining forward Marty Erat and defenseman Dmitry Orlov, although Orlov said he would like to remain with the Capitals as long as he is playing for them