The agent for unrestricted free agent Peter Bondra informed the Washington Capitals last weekend that his client was willing to drop his demand for a two-year deal and explore a one-year contract. Yesterday, the sides talked.
Bondra's agent, Ritch Winter, said via e-mail that he had spoken to Capitals General Manager George McPhee. Another source confirmed that negotiations with Bondra are ongoing.
Bondra, a 37-year-old right wing, is the franchise's career leader in goals and points and a fan favorite. The Capitals have offered him a one-year contract worth $1.5 million, with incentives that could make the deal worth $2 million. Washington's payroll is already approaching $28 million, nearly $3 million more than the team had hoped to spend.
Capitals restricted free agent Josef Boumedienne, who did not sign his qualifying offer by the Aug. 15 deadline, has signed to play for the ZSC Lions of the Swiss Elite League, according to ZSC's Web site. The defenseman has agreed to a one-year contract with an option for a second year, the Web site reported. The deal allows Boumedienne to opt out by Dec. 1 and return to the Capitals.
Also, center Andrew Cassels broke his cheekbone yesterday during an informal skate with teammates at Piney Orchard. Cassels, who was struck by a puck, will be held out of contact drills for at least two weeks. Training camp will begin Monday.
-- Tarik El-Bashir