Martin,Volchenkov and Hamhuis aren't going to be cheap. Michalek is going to be expensive.
1. Paul Martin: Certainly the New Jersey Devils will attempt to keep him, but he's a much-respected, two-way defenseman. At 29, Martin can help a defense in many different ways. He is a $3.833 million cap hit, and he will likely be a $5 million defenseman after this summer.
2. Dan Hamhuis: He could have the most suitors because he's only 27, and he still has some upside. He's probably going to land somewhere near $4.5 million. The Predators also would like to re-sign him, but he would have to give them a hometown discount. Certainly he knows he would be a hot player in the free-agent market.
4. Zbynek Michalek: He might be the most underrated player on Phoenix's underrated defense. He's making $1.5 million and is playing more than 22 minutes a game. Many teams believe he's their little secret, but there will be many spirited bidders. He might not be the bargain that teams want him to be.
7. Anton Volchenkov: Many teams are looking for a shutdown guy with shot-blocking ability. It doesn't seem like Ottawa can afford to let him go. But if he goes to market, his cap hit won't be $2.5 million anymore.
Volchenkov will get Komisarek $$$-$4.5 million. Michalek will get good money. Cheap group III defensemen don't exist unless you're looking at an older player or a reclamation project or wait until September to sign the next Dennis Seidenberg.
Nhlscap.com has Girardi as non eligible? Could be a mistake?
Anyway - he's no Duber and no Zherdev so why would Sather feel bound to honor the award? I think he makes DG UFA if the award is what you suggest it might be.
Haha, yeah, he's an actual NHL player.
We should definitely keep him. He and Staal match some of the best top lines in the league and shut them down. He probably shouldn't be a top pair guy on a well rounded D, but he's a prime second pairing player and he's been a good soldier for a while now.
Just my opinion but I think Girardi is worth 2.5-3 million considering what he does on the ice. But this team would definitely be wise to shed the dead weight on D if they could and add a guy like Volchenkov/Michaelk that is reliable.
He gets over criticized here but he eats up minutes and is generally very solid. He's not flashy but he gets it done. He's a quiet, consistent contributor and the kind of guy you need on a team. He's not a top pairing guy (though he's often thrown into that role) but he's a good defender. I don't think he'll get too much and I want to see him back next season.