How will the Capitals address their third-line center spot? Will the Sharks pursue another defenseman?
Capitals could look to within to address third-line center spot.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: J.J. Regan recently reported the departure of Eric Fehr via free agency leaves the Washington Capitals with a hole at third-line center which could prove difficult to fill. With limited cap space and few decent options available in the free-agent market, the Caps could look to within to address the matter. Earlier this week, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said he was exploring a couple of things but otherwise expects to be done for now. One option could be sliding recently re-signed Marcus Johansson into that role.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals have less than $470K of cap space for next season, so signing a free agent is out of the question unless they trade or demote someone. A trade is possible, but I expect the Capitals will evaluate their roster during training camp and preseason before deciding if that move is necessary. Demoting a lower-salaried player, like Zach Sill or Michael Latta, and signing a low-cost UFA like Mike Santorelli could be an option.
No blueline addtions for the Sharks?
CSNBAYAREA.COM: In a recent mailbag, Kevin Kurz maintains his belief the San Jose Sharks could use another experienced defenseman, but gets the impression that’s not going to happen. He expects the competition for the sixth defense spot will be an early storyline between Mirco Mueller, Matt Tennyson and Dylan DeMelo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks have just over $1 million in cap space for 2015-16. They have enough wiggle room for an affordable depth defenseman, though I suspect GM Doug Wilson likely prefers to keep that space available for other moves if necessary during the regular season. If Mueller or Tennyson fail to measure up, their demotion would free up room for a veteran edition, though that likely won’t be determined until the end of the training camp period. Affordable depth options via free agency could include David Schlemko, Tim Gleason, Anton Volchenkov or Jordan Leopold.