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Unsigned Salo says he’d like to play, but he’s not healthy


From Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times:

Salo, 40, was the NHL’s sixth-oldest skater last season...


...and of those six, only Jaromir Jagr and Sergei Gonchar are under contract for this season.

Still, Salo managed to appear in 71 regular-season games for the Lightning in 2013-14, plus he represented Finland at the Olympics.

Also, he’s a coveted right-shooting defensemen who can man the point on the power play. If he were healthy, we might wonder if the Red Wings ever had any interest. Heck, we might even wonder if his former Vancouver Canucks had any, given how much they’ve missed his smooth first pass on the breakout, as well as his bomb from the point with the man advantage.

Alas, he’s not healthy. Which has kind of been a problem for him, and may mean his NHL career is over.