Joey Crabb won’t return to Washington

June 6, 2013

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Impending unrestricted free agent Joey Crabb will not return to Washington next season, according to the forward’s agent.

“He has no intentions to sign back with the Capitals,” Crabb’s agent, Kevin Epp, wrote in an e-mail to the Post. “I don’t think it worked out for either party.”

The Capitals signed Crabb to a one-year, $950,000 contract last summer that marked the first one-way deal of his career, but his role in Washington was minimal at best.

Crabb, 30, appeared in 26 of 48 regular season games for the Capitals this season and recorded two goals in his fourth-line role. By mid-March, though, he had been deemed expendable.

When Washington needed roster space to activate Mike Green from injured reserve, Crabb was placed on waivers and subsequently assigned to the AHL’s Hershey Bears where he spent the rest of the season. Crabb’s final NHL game this season came on March 17.

It’s hardly a surprise that the Alaska native won’t be returning given his demotion to the AHL, and the Capitals’ ability to rely on several others among the bottom-six forwards in the second half of the year.

Of the five Capitals set to become unrestricted free agents on July 5, Crabb is the third who will definitely not be back, along with defenseman Tom Poti and winger Wojtek Wolski.

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