The Washington Times - July 8, 2011, 05:39PM

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.

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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.