Assuming their teams will not be in the playoff hunt, I expect one of these dmen to be on the Hawks for the playoffs:
Chicago needs one tough dman and/or someone with size that can kill penalties and shutdown minutes. Doesn't have to be a marquee dman, someone that can play #3-5 in the depth chart. They have lots in the 5-8 slot, but are missing a 3-5 guy.
The Hawks have the money and assets to take on an expiring contract if the ask price is reasonable.
The rest of the money they have will be on a top 6 forward. A 3-4 dman and a top 6 forward would make this a scary team to play against in the playoffs.
Definitely not a Campbel type Dman. We have no problem moving the puck up ice.
We need a tough, PK, defensive Dman.
Ah. I don't think the Leafs can help with this one, we only have Komisarek, Schenn and Gunnarsson who kind of fit that mold. And while Komisarek was playing well before his injury I doubt he's who you're after with his cap hit and for your #5 spot. Schenn will probably be too costly and Gunnarsson has been solid but is a great fit with Phaneuf.
Ottawa will give you Filip Kuba for your 1st round pick next year.
Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.