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.