Could the Avalanche pursue a goaltender this summer? What’s the latest on Corey Crawford’s contract talks? Could Doug Weight and John Madden retire? Read on to find out!
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater responded to a reader’s e-mail question on possible off-season moves by the Colorado Avalanche. He believes the Avs could explore this summer’s free agent market for goalies though it could be expensive. Still, if Ilya Bryzgalov or Tomas Vokoun are available Dater believes the Avalanche should pursue them. He also suggested shopping their first round pick (which will be in the top five this year), wondering if Vancouver might be willing to part with Cory Schneider or the LA Kings with Jonathan Bernier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bryzgalov and Vokoun might be more keen to go to a playoff contender than a rebuilding team, but if the Avs are willing to pay they could be enticed. A top five pick might interest the Canucks or Kings but I doubt Schneider or Bernier will be available this summer
ESPN.COM: Jesse Rogers reports the agent for Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford said he and the team will wait until season’s end to continue contract negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s pretty much par for the course at this stage of the season for playoff bound clubs as they don’t want their players distracted from their play by contract negotiations. The Blackhawks will get Crawford re-signed before July 1st.
OTTAWA SUN: reports NY Islanders forward Doug Weight has ruled out returning to action this season and is said to be considering retirement. Weight has missed all but 18 games this season due to nerve damage in this back and muscle atrophy in his left leg.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo recently reported Minnesota Wild forward John Madden self-given choices are re-signing with the Wild or retirement. He and his family love living in Minnesota and have decided their recent move there would be their last.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weight’s been plagued by injuries in recent years so it’s best that he shut it down. Madden might still have another season or two left in him but he’ll likely have to either accept the same salary as this season ($1.25 million) or less money if he wants to keep playing with the Wild.