Bondra Gets New Contract, Scores Hat Trick

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The Washington Capitals awarded right wing Peter Bondra, who had earlier requested a trade, with a four-year, $18 million contract extension.

"My kids are here. Maybe I'll be retiring here," Bondra said. "I've never been anywhere else. I started something here, the last 11 years, and now I want to finish here. I can't imagine myself anywhere else."

He then celebrated the new deal with a hat trick in a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was his franchise-best 16th career hat trick. Bondra has 30 goals for the season.

"I was so nervous," Bondra said. "I remember my first game here; I was maybe a little bit more nervous. I had butterflies in my stomach."

The contract averages $4.5 million over four years, but the Capitals have options on the third and fourth years, according to a league source, speaking on condition of anonymity. Bondra, who would have become a free agent July 1, is making $3.75 million this season.

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