Although the agent for Dino Ciccarelli reportedly said his client may be a holdout for the Washington Capitals, a team official said the right wing is under contract and expected to report to the opening of camp Friday.
Ciccarelli, who came to the Capitals from the Minnesota North Stars during the 1988-89 season, is in the option year of his contract and is apparently unhappy about his salary, thought to be $440,000. His agent, Ron Salcer, told The Washington Post, "Dino's contract has not been settled and, if it remains unsettled, his not appearing at training camp is a possibility."
Capitals spokesman Lou Corletto said yesterday that Ciccarelli is still expected to report to camp.
"He's under contract, and there's every reason to believe he will report," Corletto said. "There's been some discussion with [general manager] David Poile, but those discussions have been going on for a while. He is expected to be here on Friday."
Ciccarelli had scored 40 goals for five straight years, but an injury limited his output to 21 goals in 54 games last season. He scored a team-high five playoff goals, as the team advanced to the Patrick Division final before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games.