A look at options for the Philadelphia Flyers to replace the injured Andrej Meszaros, updates on Shane Doan, and Cristobal Huet is linked to the Canucks and Kings.
PHILLY.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: examined possible options for the Flyers to replace Andrej Meszaros, who is sidelined indefinitely by a torn right Achilles tendon and could miss the entire 2012-13 season. Sarah Baicker suggested Carlo Colaiacovo as the best available UFA option. Tim Panaccio listed Colaiacovo, Michal Rozsival, Chris Campoli and Jaroslav Spacek among the available UFA options, as well as suggested a trade for Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks. Sam Carchidi also cited Colaiacovo, as well as unsigned RFAs like Montreal’s P.K. Subban, Washington’s John Carlson, and Michael Del Zotto of the NY Rangers. Frank Servalli suggested trading for Phoenix’s Keith Yandle. Panaccio also reported Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said he’s under no extra pressure to make a move, suggesting he’d evaluate his young blueliners during training camp and see how it goes from there.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Ben Raby noted the Capitals have not yet re-signed RFA blueliner John Carlson, suggesting that could make him a target for an offer sheet by the Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have an article up later today on THN.com examining the Flyers options to replace Meszaros. In my opinion, the only realistic move is free agency for Holmgren. If he pitches an offer sheet to Subban, Carlson or Del Zotto, it would be quickly matched. The Coyotes were listening to offers for Yandle in June but have since decided to retain him, which is understandable considering Shane Doan might be playing elsewhere this coming sesaon. I don’t believe the Sharks are interested in moving Dan Boyle, as they’d likely wish to give Brent Burns one more season before seriously considering using him as Boyle’s replacement. I thought Jay Bouwmeester would become trade bait, but the Flames seem reluctant to move him now. That leaves free agency, and either Colaiacovo and/or Rozsival.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports the Rangers appear a favorite to sign Shane Doan if he decides not to re-sign with the Phoenix Coyotes. The Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators are also believed seriously interested in Doan.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reported Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz recently spoke with Doan, who apparently has the Predators on his short list.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: David Pollak reports well-placed sources told him as soon as it was clear the Doan camp was seeking a four-year contract, the Sharks dropped out of the bidding.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the Sharks link. So, apart from the Sharks dropping out of the Doan sweepstakes, there’s nothing really new to report. I would suggest the Flyers need to bolster their blueline probably takes them out of the bidding for Doan now.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Mike Halford reports Cristobal Huet told a French news outlet he’d spoken with the LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks regarding a return to the NHL. Huet was banished to Europe by the Chicago Blackhawks in order to clear the remaining two years of his contract from their payroll for salary cap purposes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll depend on whether the Canucks trade Roberto Luongo or the Kings deal Jonathan Bernier for Huet to have a shot of signing with either club as a backup.