Do Jason Arnott and Matt Bradley have futures with the Washington Capitals? What’s the latest on the Carolina Hurricanes? Read on to find out.
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera recently looked at the status of Capitals pending UFAs Jason Arnott and Matt Bradley, noting both would prefer to remain with the club, but that it’s possible management could opt to go for cheaper, affordable alternatives.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Arnott’s leadership was a worthwhile addition and he’d probably accept a pay cut on a one-year deal to remain with the Capitals, but his lengthy injury history could have management looking elsewhere for experienced leadership. Bradley could end up hitting the market if the Capitals decide to invest in retaining Brooks Laich.
RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: Luke Decock recently reported Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford will be making his “state of the team” speech to the local media today. Chip Alexander meanwhile reports the club is also expected to announce Paul Maurice will remain as head coach next season. The club also has some difficult decisions to make regarding unrestricted free agents Erik Cole, Jussi Jokinen, Joni Pitkanen, Chad LaRose, Cory Stillman, Pat Dwyer and Jay Harrison. It’s believed Pitkanen’s future with the club is in doubt as he could earn more than the $4.5 million he made this season on the open market, while it’s believed the Hurricanes will attempt to re-sign Cole before July 1st. The club could also announce a long-term extension for center Brandon Sutter, a restricted free agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise Maurice will return as he has one more season remaining on his current contract. Pitkanen won’t be back but Cole will as could Jokinen, whose career has found stability with the Hurricanes. They’d like to keep LaRose but that might not be possible given their payroll constraints. Stillman also could be a goner.