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by Paul on 08/02/14 at 12:11 PM ET
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
Among the winnowing pool of unrestricted free agents still seeking deals, former Arizona winger Paul Bissonnette has been fielding interest of varying levels from roughly “five to six teams,” his agent said, including the Washington Capitals.
“Right now he’s just looking for a good organization where he can contribute more than he’s been able to, to date, in the last couple years in Phoenix,” Mark Guy said Friday by telephone. “He wants to be in a position where he can compete for a solid fourth-line position and be a great team guy. He wants to be in an organization where there’s a chance to win, as most guys do, and looking forward to showing how hard he’s worked to improve his skill level and skating over the last couple years.”
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Carcillo, 29, remains unsigned as a free agent. He made $850,000 as a member of the Kings and Rangers last season, recording four goals, one assist and 100 penalty minutes in 57 games.
He has also been to the Stanley Cup Final in three of his last five seasons, winning the Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013 and falling short with the Flyers in 2010 and the Rangers in 2014.
The Caps have roughly $1.1 million in cap space and although they have 49 players under contract, only 45 of them are likely to count against the NHL’s 50-man limit because Madison Bowey, Jakub Vrana and Vitek Vanecek are expected to return to their teams in Kelowna, Sweden and the CzechRepublic, respectively.
That means the Caps have roster room and salary space for a player who could give them the “bite” new coach Barry Trotz would like to have on his fourth line.
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