I would add Chris Phillips to the list. He's a steady guy. Christian Erhoff may be of interest if Markov moves on. Bieska has always seemed like a risk as a no 2 d man but he has the tools to be useful.
Perhaps there are some well paid d man on teams looking to shed salary that may become an option. As long as they're not Brian Campbell.
Has anyone seen much of Eric Brewer?
I can see both Gill and Hamrlik re-signing, especially if Weber, Carle and I guess even O'Byrne don't take big steps forward.
We'll quite probably re-sign Markov and Spacek will be one year removed, from moving on. We'll need a second pairing LD.
Chara, Kaberle, Ehrhoff, Bieska, Philips and Pitkanen should be of interest.
Kaberle or Ehrhoff would look pretty good on the second pairing.
I think we'll sign at least one big name D. There will be a hole after all.
We have no up and coming defencemen anyway. Please stop including Weber and Carle. They are not NHL material. Weber will bolt for Europe and Carle will be traded in a minor deal at some point this season. Besides, He's too injury prone anyway.