The Washington Capitals have rejected the counterproposal Peter Bondra's representative submitted to the team Friday, according to the player's agent, Rich Winter.
Winter had proposed a two-year contract that also included a no-trade clause. (The agent declined to specify the precise salary demands.) The counter was in response to the Capitals' offer of one year at $1.5 million, made last month.
"They said they had no interest in a two-year deal and no interest in a no-movement clause," Winter said yesterday. "They did not counter."
Bondra, a 37-year-old right wing, was a fan favorite during his 13-plus seasons in Washington and is the franchise's career leader in goals (472) and points (825). He was traded to Ottawa in February 2004 for prospect Brooks Laich and a draft pick, but now is an unrestricted free agent.
Winter said he planned to advise the Capitals in an e-mail last night that Bondra is willing to discuss a one-year contract, but only if it includes more money than previously offered.
A Capitals spokesman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
"We don't consider one year at $1.5 million to be very serious," Winter added. "We should probably convene a conference call with all of the decision-makers in the next 48 to 72 hours because Peter would like to move this process forward."
Winter also said one team had withdrawn its pursuit of Bondra, but that he remains involved in discussions with three other clubs.
-- Tarik El-Bashir