Could the Capitals add another defenseman? Does Scott Hannan have a future with the Capitals? What potential moves could they make this summer?
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Ben Raby reported Friday the Capitals already have seven defensemen under contract for next season (Mike Green, John Carlson, John Erskine, Dennis Wideman, Jeff Schultz, Tom Poti, and Tyler Sloan, with Karl Alzner expected to re-sign as a restricted free agent). With Dmitry Orlov expected to challenge for a roster spot, that’s nine defensemen competing for six roster spots. Raby suggests management would have to move some current assets before trying to add another defenseman. The wild card could be Poti, whose recent injury woes could put his career in jeopardy. Potential free agents who might be worth watching for the Capitals include Tomas Kaberle, Joni Pitkanen, Kevin Bieksa and Hal Gill.
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera recently reported pending UFA defenseman Scott Hannan could become the odd man out, but suggested if he wants to stay in Washington and is willing to accept a cut in salary management might be able to find a place for him, depending on what other moves they could make this summer.
ESPN.COM: Craig Button recently offered up some potential trade options for the Capitals this summer. He suggested shopping one of their current goalies (Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth, Bradon Holtby), perhaps to the Philadelphia Flyers for Scott Hartnell, or if they added Jeff Schultz, Braydon Coburn. Button also suggested offering up Mike Green to the Detroit Red Wings for Valtteri Filppula, or perhaps to Calgary for Robyn Regehr and maybe David Moss or Rene Bourque if they were willing to add prospect Cody Eakin. Button also proposed a blockbuster swap with Anaheim, shipping Green, Semin and one of their three goalies to Anaheim for Bobby Ryan and Francois Beauchemin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Capitals GM George McPhee is expected to make a change or two this summer to his roster, and it is possible those changes could see Green or Semin and perhaps Varlamov shopped either in separate deals or perhaps packaged in a bigger one. I don’t think Filppula would be the answer and I doubt the Wings would be interested in Green, especially if as expected Nicklas Lidstrom returns for another season. The Flyers could be a possibility if as rumored they’re seeking an upgrade in goal, though Varlamov or Neuvirth haven’t fully established themselves yet as quality starters, and I don’t believe the Capitals will move Holtby. I also don’t believe the Ducks would be interested in swapping Ryan for Semin, nor do I see the Flames moving Regehr for Green, when their obvious need is to add more scoring depth at forward.