Softest forwards in the league now with this. No toughness at all! Foligno was such a beast!! I remember that hipcheck and fight with Phaneuf he had last year and not to mention he was one of the few players that would stick up for our star players.
Watch what is going to happen now! Are stars are gonna get run and noone is going to stick up for them. Any chemistry we have will be lost because of this senile old man. Lose jam guys like Carkner, Konopka, and Foligno and gain ppl who will watch from the rafters...
Probably cost around 5M a season on a 4-5 year deal.
I think Sami Salo could be a great fit.
With Gilroy RD & Carkner RD leaving Ottawa needs a right shot defenceman & Ceci RD will likely return to junior. So Salo RD wouldn't be a bad pickup who could easily play in that 6th spot & still provide a good shot from the point & experience.
With Konopka & Carkner leaving I'm really concerned about Ottawa's toughness again. It seems that every time to pick up some tough players, they play better as a team & when they don't re-sign them they drop a notch or two. Latendresse brings some size & some toughness but not like the former two.
Two other UFA right hand defencemen are Rozsivol RD & Foster RD who could be Carkner's replacement. A Lundin / Rozsivol tandem would be interesting & experienced.