Matt Bradley

By all indications, Matt Bradley will not be back with the Capitals next season.

According to Larry Kelly, Bradley’s agent, the 33 year-old winger never received an offer from Washington and is set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday, July 1, at 12 PM Eastern Time.

“They indicated a number of months ago that there would be an offer for him in eight to ten days and there’s been no offer and we’re not expecting one,” Kelly told RMNB. “I think Matt’s a very, very valuable hockey player and I think he’ll do fine in free agency.”

Bradley, who became a fan favorite in DC, has played the past six seasons for the Caps and registered 11 points including four goals in 61 games last year. The Stittsville, Ontario, Canada native has a total of 59 goals and 93 assists in in 677 career NHL games including playoffs. He was previously playing on a three-year contract that paid $1 million per season.

  • Fuck.

  • Anonymous

    This bums me out. My favorite thing about Brads is he has a phonetic pronunciation of his name in the Caps media guide. MAT BRAD-lee. You know, in case you forgot.

  • Brads is my favorite! He’s also one of the nicest pro hockey players I’ve met!  I’m still holding out hope but this is super sad!

  • Jack

    Ditto that. #NeedsmoreBradley

  • Yep, Bradley certainly is a quality guy. This doesn’t come as too much of a shock to me though with the Brouwer trade and the Laich re-signing.

  • I am going to destroy something if he doesn’t get a contract. And then I am going to bleed in solidarity.

  • Josie
  • I concur.

  • Stevelingo

    Matt is the type of character guy we need in the locker room.  He bleeds RED.  C’mon GMGM.  Get this one right.  

  • Cookie Monster

    I hope the Caps give him an offer.  He might not have the offensive skills, but he is one of the most consistent players on the team, good for the locker room too.

    Could they be waiting until free agency so they can offer him less that what they signed him for last time?  Has the Varly nonsense put other business on hold because GMGM doesn’t know how much money will be available?

  • Sigh. 

    Great reporting though, Chris.

  • Darryl Bishop

    Prof Brads, noooo! 🙁

  • #infinitesadness

  • Rick

    Its a business… nice guys and good players are let go all the time.  Chris Clark jumps to mind.

  • If he does go, add him to the list of players that will get a standing ovation when they come to Verizon Center.

  • Hell yes!

  • Devin Shannon

    When William had his wish back in April, it was Matt that took us for a tour of the practice facility.  I remember talking to him as if he was just a regular guy.  We talked about our kids, where we grew up, etc.  By the end of the tour, I had made up my mind that he was my favorite Cap.  I hate to see him go.  He did everything that was asked of him and more.   I think he would probably stay for less money.  I got the feeling he really liked it here in Washington. Best of luck, Brads! You will always be a Cap!

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  • Tawlk1

    Noooooooo…. The Caps dont know what they are doing by not resigning Brads!!!!!

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  • SeanL

    Signed a 2-year contract with Florida. Good luck, Brads.