Avs will probably disappoint, signing Blum and making a minor trade.
That would be ideal to me. Make an attempt to sign a puck moving defensemen, if that doesn't work out I don't want the Avs to chase the stay at home guys. I think I'm mostly alone on this one, but I'd like to see the Avs take a shot on Grabovski. He's a workhorse and can score. Only if he's willing to take a discount to play for his childhood team. If Grabo signs, ship out one of Stastny/Downie/McGinn for a defensemen.
Offer sheets up to 3.36M only give up a second round pick, and up to 5.04m only gives up a 1st and 3rd. There could be some interesting options there if the Avs strike out on a very few UFAs available... Weircioch, Hamonic, Brodie, Alzner, Gunnarsson...
He is probably on the block because he wants a ton of cash for his good offensive season. He is at best a middle pairing defender, and I think he is fringe at that. Won't be worth the money he is probably demanding.
I reckon it kinda depends on whether or not he gets that Cup.
he's likely going to the Wings so probably just enhances it. especially if he wins the cup. Babcock is a great coach but i probably take my chances in Ottawa over Detroit over the next 2 seasons if i was him.
no issue with him going there though. he's given everything to Ottawa and he wants to go to a franchise with a championship pedigree.