Day 2 has bloody passed, and it’s bloody apparent that the Oilers need one more bloody defenceman. I’d like to see Matt Carle, but I think this team’s Justin Schultz moment comes along only once every 41 years.
Let’s take a look at a couple of the more cost efficient UFAs. You know, the ones who can play defence.
Filter down to guys under $2.5M.
DOB: 20 JUN 1984 (28)
2011-12 TEAM: Ottawa / Tampa Bay
2011-12 NUMBERS: 3-17-20 with 18 PIMS in 67 GP
2011-12 CAP HIT: $1M
Gilroy played most of 2011-12 with the Tampa Bay Lightning before being dealt to the Senators at the trade deadline. Probably worth a $1M (or thereabouts) investment, he’s a good bottom pair option. One red flag I have is why his team’s SV% is so low when he’s on the ice.
And, there’s this. If he can keep Martin Brodeur distracted twenty times over the following season, he might pad his stats a bit.
DOB: 27 JAN 1983 (29)
2011-12 TEAM: St. Louis Blues
2011-12 NUMBERS: 2-17-19 with 22 PIM in 64 GP
2011-12 CAP HIT: $2.5M
Completing his third full year with the St. Louis Blues, Colaiacovo is a guy I’d instantly ink if his cap number stayed similar to what it is now. Like, right, now. This minute. Could easily play middle pair on a team that’s got a lot of question marks still at defence. My only gripes? He’s a lefty, and only played about 16 minutes per game last year.
DOB: 11 MAR 1987 (25)
2011-12 TEAM: Vancouver / Buffalo
2011-12 NUMBERS: 2-13-15 with 26 PIMS in 58 GP
2011-12 CAP: 600K
Not the first time I’ve hit this guy up, likely won’t be the last. Didn’t receive a qualifying offer from the Canucks and is now available for whatever he agrees on. This is a better way to invest 850K than, well, you know. No way Gragnani wants a million bucks, and even if he did, I’d pay it. Only has 73 games at the NHL level, but was a wizard in the AHL. Only gripes: Left handed shot, inexperience at the NHL level. This number is well worth the risk.
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