During the month of August the top discussion regarding the trade and also the free agent market has been based around acquiring a defenseman. The top defenseman on the free agent list who has been getting most of the attention is 29 year old Carlo Colaicovo. Colaiacovo, who has played for the St.Louis Blues since the 2008-09 season after being traded to the Blues from Toronto after 10 games. The Detroit Red Wings have shown the most interest in Coalaicovo, although he rejected the wings first offer, talks are still ongoing.

Going onto the trade market, there are 3 defenseman getting calls about their availability from their respected teams. The 3 defenseman are Keith Yandle, Jay Bouwmeester and Cody Franson. Yandle, a 25 year old star defenseman for the Phoenix Coyotes had become available late this summer mat be traded by the Yotes but for a price. The Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers, the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers are the four teams who are most interested in Yandle.

Owned by the Calgary Flames, former star defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been getting interest by many teams from the beggining of the summer.  Aged at 28 years old, Jay Bo has not played the way he did in his last season with the Panthers. During his three years a Flame, Jay Bo has not been able to crack the 30 point plateau. Bouwmeester has been getting most interest by the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Future star defenseman Cody Franson of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been getting the most interest by teams in the past two weeks. Traded to the Leafs last offseason by the Nashville Predators, Franson has formally been placed on the trade market. Leafs GM Brian Burke and Franson were not able to reach a deal that was perfect for both sides as Franson was asking for a contract that is to much for the Leafs to pay. At 25 years of age, Franson has been getting interest from the Minnesotta Wild, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Calgary Flames.

The Reason being that the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers are interested in most of the four defenseman is that the Flyers have had many injuries at their back end and that the Wings are looking for a defenseman to replace Nik Lidstrom even after losing out on Ryan Suter. The Wild are looking to add a top 4 defenseman to play with recently acquired star defense Ryan Suter. The Yotes are seriously considering the Bruins offer for Yandle. The main piece in the Boston, yotes deal is Krejci from the Bruins.


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