Given the salary constraints, Dean would have to dump a contract first.
Cornell Hockey - LETS GO RED!
DL is out playing golf tmrw morning. He may stop by a Taco Bell or Dairy Queen for a quick snack before finishing up the back 9.
Del Zotto might be UFA tomorrow as well. Suddenly there could be a glut of D-men out there....
I doubt there will be any bargains tomorrow on the first day of free agency..
Bargains will be more likely in a couple weeks when all the good stuff has been picked through...
On a side note... interesting comments from Babcock with a nod to the Kings~
Babcock has been ‘all over’ Holland to get more right-shooting d-men | ProHockeyTalk
When Mike Babcock coached Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, he had Duncan Keith, a lefty, on a defensive pair with Shea Weber, a righty, then Marc-Edouard Vlasic, a lefty, with Drew Doughty, a righty, then Jay Bouwmeester, a lefty, with Alex Pietrangelo, a righty.
This was not a coincidence. This was the plan. And it worked out rather well.
Next season in Detroit, Babcock is hoping he can have something a bit closer to that for his Red Wings.
“I just think it’s so much easier when you have a right and lefty on every pair,” he said this weekend, per MLive. “All you got to do is look at L.A. (Stanley Cup champion Kings), a right and lefty on every pair. Makes it easier to get through the neutral zone, easier off D-zone faceoffs to execute. You have the puck more. You can get it off the wall and shoot it in the offensive zone. To me it just makes sense.”