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PHT Morning Skate: Where John Carlson still doesn’t have a contract

Aug 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

John Carlson, Tim Thomas AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Caps young defenseman John Carlson is an RFA and he still doesn’t have a new contract. Might be time to change that, eh George McPhee? (

Former linesman Dan Schachte has a new job as the head of officials for Hockey East, a role former ref Paul Stewart has in the ECAC. (USCHO)

Ales Kotalik is staying in the Czech Republic after signing a new deal with Budejovice. (

Meanwhile, Caps prospect Filip Forsberg had three points in Sweden’s 8-2 win over Finland in Lake Placid at the World Junior Evaluation Camp. (

You could say Hockey Wilderness is not a fan of advanced statistics. That’s putting it lightly. (Hockey Wilderness)

The Oilers are trying to develop power forwards on their own. Maybe they can send Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle to the weight room. (Edmonton Journal)

St. Louis is shuffling things up with their front office. (Post-Dispatch)

  1. ravenscaps48 - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Carlson isn’t going anywhere. An offer sheet will be immediately matched. So don’t worry Caps fans

    • dipthatchip - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Not quite sure what the downvotes are for, I agree he’s staying put. But say the unlikely does happen, I’ll be one pissed off moldoun if I have to ditch my 74 sweater

    • ianlozada - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      You can say it’s an automatic match, but everyone knows the Red Wings need a stud on the blue line, and they have more cap space than the Caps, according to The Rangers also have more cap space and a history of writing big checks. There’s gotta be a point where re-signing becomes untenable for the Capitals.

      • ravenscaps48 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        If they offer him a $5 +Million Contract, let him walk. But anything under that line, he’ll stay in DC….

      • jpelle82 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        with philly losing another d man and their history of offer sheets i wouldnt be surprised to see a crazy high offer sheet from them in the next day or two

  2. weberhatesfilthy - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    whats the compensation if the caps dont match an offer sheet for this loser?

  3. wingsfan40 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Exactly ianlozada I think wings will try for him or maybe they might want like a second-third line defense if that I would go for ufa cam barker but Carlson is gonna get an offer sheet from wings

    • m1lla7 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Ken Holland won’t throw an offer sheet. If he was going to throw one at someone, I bet it would have been Weber.

  4. mgp1219 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    He’s the Caps best defenseman. If they don’t sign them, then he is more than welcome here in Boston.

    • ravenscaps48 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      False. That distinction belongs to Karl Alzner

      • babykaby - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Agreed. I think that is the smartest comment you’ve ever made on this site.

  5. cameltoews - Aug 13, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    The rangers won’t be anywhere near this. They have yet to sign their own RFA Dman del zotto.

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