C-O-L-A, Col-a. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Best O' The Rest

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.

Gilroy was here. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-US PRESSWIRE

MATT GILROY

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.

CARLO COLAIACOVO

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.

MARC-ANDRE GRAGNANI

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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