Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth has requested a trade, according to his agent Patrik Stefan as reported by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on Sunday night.
Michal Neuvirth's agent Patrik Stefan says he's hoping for a change of scenery out of Washington for his client. A fresh start...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) December 30, 2013
Neuvirth has become the odd man out in the Capitals goaltender rotation with backup Philipp Grubauer earning significant playing time of late, appearing in seven of the team's last 10 games. Neuvirth's last start came on Nov. 29, which has resulted in discontent for Stefan and his client.
Stefan told Adam Vingan of NBC Washington on Monday morning that he is hoping Washington can move Neuvirth to allow him a fresh start, via NBC Washington:
"Well obviously right now, they have three goalies up with the big club," Stefan said. "He's been sitting in the stands for the past week or so. ... I'm hoping and I'd like and want Michal out of there. It obviously doesn't seem like he's getting a chance to play and sitting in the stands doesn't do anything good for the club and obviously Michal. He still has the potential to be a No. 1 guy in the NHL."
Washington manager George McPhee stated in June that he wouldn't be exploring trades involving Neuvirth because he wanted organizational depth at the position. McPhee has previously stated that he attempts to accommodate players who request to be traded. Whether he will do so with Neuvirth remains to be seen.