The Detroit Red Wings are still considering moves to address their defense, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson unconcerned over his contract status, and Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore hopes he isn’t moved.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings are still considereing free agent and trade opportunities to buttress their defense. They’ve already made a two-year contract offer to UFA blueliner Carlo Colaiacovo, and Khan claims they’ve also expressed interest in “Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark and Mark Eaton.” He also suggests they could wait until a new CBA is in place to make a trade, as a possibly lowered salary cap could force other clubs to shed salary, providing the Wings with better trade options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe either Colaiacovo or Rozsival could join the Wings. They are currently sitting at $57.142 million in payroll, putting them under the NHL’s recently proposed salary cap of $58 million for this season, so they have some wiggle room. Still, they’ll have to move out a bit of salary too, if they hope to land a better d-man via trade, especially if there’s no rollback of existing players salaries.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Stephen Whyno reports Capitals RFA defenseman John Carlson is unconcerned over the fact he’s yet to sign a new contract with the club. Carlson expressed his love of playing in Washington and doesn’t envision playing elsewhere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been some talk among rumormongers of Carlson inking an offer sheet from a rival club, or perhaps being dealt for a scoring forward. I don’t believe either will occur.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards recently spoke with Florida Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore, who claims to be unworried over the rumors this summer of the Panthers acquiring Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks. Theodore wouldn’t say if he’d been approached about waiving his no-trade clause, but he claimed he hasn’t spoken to anyone from either team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been suggested the Panthers would ship Theodore to Vancouver as part of the return for Luongo, or perhaps trade him to another club. It remains to be seen if the Panthers do bring back Luongo, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they retained Theodore, as he has one season left on his contract. He would provide the Panthers with a solid tandem, plus he could be used as a bargaining chip later in the season.