Shane Doan’s agent sets a due date for his client to sign a new contract, the Bruins ownership believes it can get a return for Tim Thomas, the Red Wings make a contract offer to Carlo Colaiacovo, and the latest on Ryan O’Reilly’s contract talks with the Avalanche.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Shane Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, claims his client will sign a contract before September 15th (the end date of the current CBA), either with the Phoenix Coyotes or another team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least we now have an end date for the Doan contract saga. His camp wants to get a new contract done before the current CBA expires, as they don’t know what could be contained in a new one.
MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage cites a source claiming the Detroit Red Wings have offered UFA defenseman Carlo Coalaiacovo a two-year deal worth $2.5 million per season. The Wings had looked into the trade market and had interest in Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester, but were unwilling to part with the assets required to land a top four defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t say I’m surprised by this, Colaiacovo may be seen as a “band-aid solution” but it’s better than weakening their depth elsewhere in the roster. For now, we wait and see if he accepts it. I’m guessing he will.
ESPN.COM: Bruins alternate governor Charlie Jacobs, son of principal owner Jeremy Jacobs, believes his club might be able to trade Tim Thomas, even if he sits out this coming season, as teams in need of reaching the cap floor might have interest in his $5 million cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the seven teams currently beneath the $54.2 million salary cap floor, only the Phoenix Coyotes and NY Islanders would (in my opinion) be in need of such a move. The rest are within easy reach of the cap floor and can reach it by either re-signing their remaining RFA players, or promoting a prospect into the lineup.
DENVER POST: Mark Chambers reports word is Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly is seeking a five-year contract, while the Avs are offering three years.