I kind of think this is a good test of MM skills as a gm in a bad market.
Remember he paid a fourth round pick to get him in what was a weak draft where teams wanted picks in these rounds. Timmander was coming off a rough year in Columbus.
He had a pretty solid season with the Isles, even though the person who suggested trading for him (Laviolette) is gone.
Even though some may be happy with unloading the payroll should MM be obligated to keep him or get back what he had to trade for him?
Equivalent? well, you are asking for at least a 4th rounder for 5/6th d-man with a 1.4 mil salary. When the Isles got Timmy, he was only making a mil, so to offset the increase in salary, the Isles might have to take 5th or 6th rounder. Of course, this is moot if he is unprotected in the waiver draft and is picked up - I think Atlanta may bite on him.
On the other hand, is Timmander really that bad at 1.4 mil for a NHL experienced veteran? Are we willing to consider that an injury to one of our top four d-man places Boots, Carins, Martinek, maybe Letang into the lineup over Timmander? Is that what we really want in front of Snow and Dipietro. Yes, the trap will help curtail some shortcomings, but not the difference in experience, skill, and mobility.
Trying to be cost effective for 1.4 mil and pick up a cheaper (say 800K or 1mil) defenseman, is that worth it? Are we looking at David Harlock? if so, do we just 'trust' the BST players to step-up?
The signs are there that Timmander will be left unprotected in the waiver draft. For the Isles to receive any compensation for him prior to that is unlikely. Considering our injury prone defense, moving Timmander and his 1.4 mil might sound 'smart economically' but may be a detriment to the team.