Brooks Orpik, imagine if we got this guy how scary our D would be? having Brooks Orpik and Mike Komisarek on the same line...and think having both of them in the playoffs
With guys like valentenko, and mcdonaugh in the system... and maybe emelin coming over from russia, I dont think that we need to lock up another d-man from the open market
komi will be signed long term, markov has 4 more years, hammer has 4 more year, o'byrne had a good rookie season and needs to be seen full time, gorges seems like a stephane robidas type who will prolly be a part of this D core for years to come.
Basically, you bite the bullet on Bouillon, and once his contract expires, you should have multiple candidates WITHIN the system ready to take that spot.
He and Malone are the two ''coveted'' UFAs we should avoid like the plague. People saw them night in, night out this post-season and as a result they are going to get horribly overpaid by someone this summer.
Don't get me wrong, they are not bad players, but really they are ''complimentary'' parts. You want to pay 3-4 M per year for that?
I,m not sure i would welcome an Orpik addition but you guys are way overrating Valentenko for now, Orpik was a 1st round pick and ended up being the top shutdown defensmen (please don't talk to me about Gill) on the runner-up stanley cup team