Peter Bondra choked up twice Wednesday while talking about his trade to the Ottawa Senators. Not even the prospect of playing for a Stanley Cup contender could ease the trauma of a sudden goodbye after 14 years with the Washington Capitals.
“I grew up here. I grew up as a player. I grew up as a person,” Bondra said Wednesday in the Capital locker room. “I have to understand that I have to move on.”
The Capitals received prospect center Brooks Laich and a 2005 second-round pick for the fan favorite who had spent his entire NHL career in Washington.
A five-time All-Star, Bondra has 21 goals and 14 assists in 54 games this season, including four game-winning goals. Bondra, who turned 36 this month, leaves the Capitals as the franchise’s career leader in goals (472), points (825), power-play goals (137) and game-winning goals (73).
Relatives of Montreal Canadien goaltender Jose Theodore face a preliminary hearing next year after being charged with conspiracy in a loan sharking ring. Theodore’s father and four half brothers were among 14 people charged in June. Ted Nicholas Theodore, the goalie’s father, faces 58 counts. Jose Theodore has not been charged in the case.... Goalie Ed Belfour did not travel with the Toronto Maple Leafs to Carolina on Wednesday and will miss another game because of a back injury.