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Agent Calls Caps' Talks With Huet 'Productive'

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

The agent for goaltender Cristobal Huet said negotiations with the Washington Capitals on a contract extension are ongoing and have been "productive and well intentioned." But Stephen Bartlett also cautioned that there is much work remaining -- work that could begin this weekend at the NHL entry draft in Ottawa, where he expects to negotiate face-to-face with General Manager George McPhee.

Huet, who won 11 of 13 starts to close out the regular season and helped lead the Capitals to their first playoff berth in five years, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on

July 1.

"I'm sure we'll have a chance to reconvene and continue our discussions," Bartlett said in a telephone interview. "The flow back-and-forth has been pretty steady."

Bartlett declined to divulge specifics, but he did indicate that Huet, 32, is seeking a three-year deal. If the negotiations hit a snag, he said, it likely would be over money, not length of contract.

Bartlett's comments come a day after Huet said in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe that his first priority is to remain in Washington.

-- Tarik El-Bashir


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