A group of former Caps remain unsigned as the season approaches

A group of former Caps remain unsigned as the season approaches
August 25, 2014, 12:30 pm
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With the start of the NHL preseason schedule less than four weeks away, veterans Todd Bertuzzi, Martin Brodeur, Ed Jovanovski and Saku Koivu are among the dozens of unsigned unrestricted free agents who may be running out of options.

Below is a look at a number of former Capitals who are also still searching for work, hopeful that another NHL opportunity is out there.

LW: DUSTIN PENNER (2013-14: Anaheim Ducks & Washington Capitals)

AGE: 31

2013-14: 67GP, 14G, 21A & 35PTS

The two-time Stanley Cup champion has played for three different teams over the past two seasons and remains in search of his next employer, be it in the NHL or elsewhere.

"I need a job," he told CSNWashington's Chuck Gormley in April. "I'll entertain any and all offers."

Penner's season took a serious turn south once he was traded from Anaheim to Washington last March and went from playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the Ducks' No.1 line, to skating on the Capitals' fourth line for much of his brief stay in the District.

Penner had 13 goals and 32 points in 49 games in Anaheim last year, but was limited to one goal and three points in 18 games with the Caps.

The Winnipeg Sun recently suggested that the Winkler, Manitoba, native could be an appropriate fit with the Winnipeg Jets who did not re-sign UFA Devin Setoguchi.

C: DAVID STECKEL (2013-14: Anaheim Ducks & Norfolk Admirals (AHL))

AGE: 32

2013-14: 6GP, 0G & 0PTS (NHL) + 61GP, 9G & 25PTS (AHL)

The veteran with 425 career games on his NHL resume made only a cameo appearance with the Ducks last season, while spending the majority of the year with the AHL's Norfolk Admirals.

Steckel spent parts of six seasons with the Capitals and Hershey Bears from 2005-2011, and has since seen time with the Devils, Maple Leafs and Ducks.

Steckel was invited to Minnesota Wild training camp last fall, but was only offered a tryout agreement with the AHL's Iowa Wild, before moving on to the Ducks organization in November.

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C: JEFF HALPERN (2013-14: Phoenix Coyotes)

AGE: 38

2013-14: 69GP, 5G, 7A & 12PTS

The former Capitals captain said earlier this month that he remains hopeful that he will play a 15th NHL season, but realizes that an offer may not come up until training camps are already underway.

Halpern said that he would consider a pro tryout agreement - a training camp invite without the guarantee of making the team - and that he is continuing to train just as he has in previous offseasons throughout his pro career.

The Potomac, MD native did not sign with the Phoenix Coyotes until last October, after a brief stint playing in Finland.

D: JOE CORVO (2013-14: Ottawa Senators & Chicago Wolves (AHL))

AGE: 37

2013-14: 25GP, 3G & 10PTS (NHL) & 10GP, 1G & 5PTS (AHL)

After a less than memorable 18-game stint with the Capitals during the 2009-10 season, Corvo has spent parts of the past four seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes (2010-11 & 2012-13), Boston Bruins (2011-12) and Ottawa Senators (2013-14).

Corvo cleared NHL waivers last March was assigned to the AHL's Chicago Wolves, where he finished the season with five points in 10 games.

G: TOMAS VOKOUN (2013-14: Pittsburgh Penguins)

AGE: 38

2012-13: 20GP: 13-4-0; 2.45 GAA, .919SV%

It has been more than a year since Tomas Vokoun last played in the NHL, but the 38-year-old is holding out hope that his NHL career isn't done just yet.

Vokoun was sidelined last year by a blood clot in his pelvis and played in just two AHL games as part of a late-season rehab assignment.

His agent Alan Walsh said earlier this summer that Vokoun was healthy and looking to sign with an NHL club.