More on the potential status of the Flyers free agents, and a variety of opinions on what the Capitals should do in the off-season.
PHILLYBURBS.COM/PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: reports key Flyers free agents Ville Leino, Brian Boucher and Sean O’Donnell have expressed interest in returning with the club next season. Wayne Fish of Phillyburbs reports Leino is rumored to be seeking $3.5 million per season, which could prove too expensive for the Flyers. Those sites, plus the Philadelphia Daily News, suggested this was likely Boucher’s final season, as Sergei Bobrovsky will be back, plus Michael Leighton is signed through next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of those three, Leino is the one with the best chance of returning, though I can’t see him getting offered more than $3 million per, and if he does seek more than that, he’ll likely be gone. Their limited cap space, plus their dealings with RFA Andreas Nodl and Dan Carcillo, leaves little room for a big raise for Leino, unless management dumps considerable salary at some point this summer.
WASHINGTON POST: Tarik El-Bashir recently suggested the Capitals management face three crucial decisions this summer: alter the team’s makeup with a significant trade, fill the leadership void with a long-term solution and settling on a goaltending tandem. El-Bashir suggested the possibility of shopping defenseman Mike Green, in part because the expected return of Dennis Wideman could make him expendable. Alexander Semin could also be attractive for teams seeking offense, though his $6.7 million salary and pending UFA status next summer could make him a tough sell.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: compiled a list of opinions from the local media and around the internet as to what the Capitals need to do during the off-season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Green’s injury history could also make him difficult to move. Semin could have more value on the trade market, but of course his salary and free agent status, combined with his playoff inconsistency, will adversely affect his market value.