About to enter the final year of his entry-level contract, Michal Neuvirth said he is glad to have an extension that will keep him in Washington for two more years beginning in 2011-12 already in place. He will earn $1.15 million each year of the new deal.
"When I found out I got the offer it meant a lot to me," Neuvirth said this morning when asked his reaction to knowing the Capitals want him in the mix beyond this year. "It took me about a month to get the deal done and I'm glad that's over, I can put that behind me and just focus on hockey now."
Neuvirth, who will earn $765,000 this season, said after weighing his options when he was originally presented with the extension about a month ago, he decided it was a good idea to ensure his future with the Capitals.
"I was thinking what to do for a bit," he said. "But me, my agent and my family decided it'd be nice to sign for another two years with Washington. There are great and high expectations here. Their goal is to win the Stanley Cup and that is my goal. I feel like I have the best chance to win the Stanley Cup here, that's why I took the deal."
Here's what Coach Bruce Boudreau had to say about whether the extension might take some of the non-hockey pressure off Neuvirth: "There's always pressure because he's young enough he's going to want another contract, but if anything [the new deal] gives him the peace of mind of knowing the faith that we have in him and he can focus on being a great goaltender like we know he is."
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