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lebda. detroit has cap issues and lebda is a solid, experienced guy with a lot of playoff experience. sure, he isn't the physical 5-6 crease-clearer, but i'm sure he would do a competent job and could be had for not a lot.
Ruslan Salei would definitely be available for a pick (2nd at the very highest, likely 3rd though)
In a small role like that he could be very helpful, he has a good shot on the powerplay if utilized, can land some hard checks, and is very good defensively if he doesn't have a huge workload or isn't expected to take on the other team's best guys. He's a UFA. The only issue he's been injured all year and there's no telling how he'll perform after surgery etc. However, keep an eye on him in the Olympics for an indicator, he could also be playing tonight for Colorado.
That said, Colorado may as well stick with their 2 extra NHL d-men, rather than trade them away unless they can improve the team for THIS season. You can never have too many NHL ready guys down the stretch, you never know when or what injuries will occur.
Yah, I figured as much. Id imagine the Sens would have to throw in some compensation , like an additional pick or prospect to offset Cheechoo's salary.
Lee's being shopped as part of any package Ottawa deals for a defencemen.
I think Ottawa's hoping to look a little bigger than some of these posts are assuming. Not saying there gonna get it, but by the sounds of it Murray was in fact talking to Dallas about Robidas which may have just been that, talk. But the Ballard speculation was interesting as well.
I think he'll take a rental as well, but I think hes hoping for someone thats good for at least another year.
We have Lee, Kelly/Winchester/Shannon, prospect not named Weircioch, Cowen, Petersson, ZSmith, Lehner and Silfverberg (cheap I know). Dont think he wants to deal another pick but its not out of the realm of possibility a 2nd or 3rd could be on the table as well. Those are the ideal peices we can part with and not worry too much.
For someone like Robidas youd have to understand Dallas isnt parting easily with a nicely signed defencemen that barring injury could be a part of the best defensive group in the world. You'd have to think Foligno/Regin, 1st, and Weircioch come into play. Which Im not sure if I like.
Regardless I think its obvious we have the tools to make atleast a noticeable upgrade on D taking Campoli out of the starting 6. Thatd be a pretty strong group.
Bryan Murray has stated that after acquiring Matt Cullen and waiving Cheechoo, his next task will be to try and acquire a D man. Who might that be? All proposals, speculations, prognostications and rumors are welcome!
Ruslan Salei (3.025, UFA)
Stephane Robidas (1.5, 2010, 3.3 2010-2014)
JM Liles (4.2, 2012)
Keith Ballard (4.2, 2015)
Dan Hamhuis (2.0, UFA)
Lee, O'Brien, 2nd
For Liles and 5th:
Cheechoo and Lee
Kelly, Lee, 4th
At least that's my take on it. I had a hard time valuing these guys though so I feel like this may be off. Everything can be added to and worked around, these are kinda just general ideas based on the rumours I heard.