Devils GM Lou Lamoriello talks about his key free agents, Tomas Kaberle isn’t doing enough to earn a new contract with Boston, plus the latest on three key Penguins UFAs.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello hopes to re-sign restricted free agent forward Zach Parise “as expeditious as possible”, though Parise subsequently told Gulitti via e-mail contract talks had not yet started. Lamoriello also said he hopes to re-sign UFAs Andy Greene and Johan Hedberg, and confirmed upgrading his defense was “something we’re looking at”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Still over two months until July 1st, when Parise becomes a restricted free agent while Greene and Hedberg become UFAs, so Lamoriello still has plenty of time to make offers to those three. Don’t be surprised if that doesn’t happen until June as he’d likely want to see both how much money he’ll have available under next season’s salary cap to work with, plus he might want to listen to any trade buzz leading up to the June entry draft in hopes of possibly landing a puck-moving defenseman.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont recently reported defenseman Tomas Kaberle must pick up his current post-season performance or the Bruins might let him walk as a free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kaberle’s been invisible in the first three games of the Bruins-Canadiens series, which isn’t why the Bruins acquired him in the first place. If Boston should be eliminated in the first round, that could prove a factor in where he’ll be playing next season. If the Bruins don’t re-sign Kaberle the Devils might have interest but they’d also have to dump salary at some point in the summer to make room for his contract.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari recently reported blue collar Penguins like Max Talbot, Pascal Dupuis and Craig Adams are unrestricted free agents this summer. They’d prefer to remain with the Penguins but given the salary cap that might not be possible to retain all three. It’s currently unknown which free agents GM Ray Shero would prefer to retain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to “Patrick”, who suggested Adams might return, Talbot might be replaceable via a more affordable call-up, while the Penguins might not be able to afford Dupuis after this season. I concur with his take. Shero would probably love to retain all three but that might not be possible unless one or two agree to pay cuts given the Penguins limited cap space.