Karl Alzner’s agent told The Washington Times on Friday afternoon that there’s still a “gap” in negotiations between the Capitals and the restricted free agent defenseman.
“We haven’t been able to sorta bridge the gap for evaluating Karl’s value for next season,” J.P. Barry said.
Barry said he and Caps Don Fishman assistant have been negotiating for “quite a long time” and still haven’t been able to agree on the comparables to set up a contract structure. If and when it’s worked out, it’s expected to be a two-year deal.
“A one-year deal is not really the situation you wanna be in without arbitration rights,” Barry said.
July 15 is the deadline for Alzner to either accept the Caps’ qualifying offer – which would keep him in Washington for one year – or stay out there as a restricted free agent.
Barry said he had not received any offer sheets from other NHL teams for Alzner’s services. He called it a “unique market” but for now he’ll continue to work with Fishman to hammer out a deal to keep the defenseman in the fold here.
As for a rumor circulating Friday about the Caps trading Alzner’s rights and Alexander Semin to the Canadiens for Yannick Weber, Andrei Kostitsyn and a first-round pick, Barry hadn’t even heard of that.
“That’s the hard part about the summer time – there are lots of rumors and maybe one in 10 are true,” he said.
Barry declined to offer specifics on how far of a gap there was between his position and the team’s, adding that “It’s not a really wide gap. We’ve worked hard to narrow it over time.”
But it doesn’t seem like a deal is imminent.