After watched the senators playoff run ended by rangers, GM Bryan Murray said that we would need another defensive defenseman for the upcoming season. From what I searched so far, I personally believe that Niklas Hjalmarsson
could be the one who could provide more sounded defense on senators blueline.
Here are whys:
1.He is Swedish player who can grow well with young core of upcoming senators swedish genarations(Karlsson, Silfverberg, Zibanejad, Lehner, etc)
2.He is soon to be 25 yrs old so he is still a young player who have upside potential.
3.Although he is a young player, he is veteran and have won the cup with Chicago in '10 season. we can all agree that it is never bad to have cup winner in our locker. He was 23 that time and played 21min avg toi and was no.3 d on cup winning team.
4.although he is not known for hitter and does not have offensive skill, he is great shot blocker and solid defensive defenseman.
5.Next year, Gonchar will leave via UFA and Wiercioch looks to fill that role as of now. Hjarmalsson will complement rookie offensive minded D quite well to provide stability.
He was 5th d man in 11-12’ season and still has 2 yr 3.5M cap per each year remaining. Chicago just signed Oduya for 3 yr 3.3M/yr deal and is very close to a cap so, with the right price, Hjalmarsson likely be had.
So, what would price be? I would think Hawks will ask for foligno or 2nd rd pick. since we don’t have 2nd rd picks for this and next yr, maybe we give up our 1st for Hjalmarsson and Hawks 2nd rd?
Just side note, I considered Jackman, Carle, Wideman, Allen and Stuart but Jackman seems to be another phillips which we have already. Carle would likely too rich for senators to sign and wideman sometimes a libility in defense and lastly Allen and Stuart did not play over 20 min in team that did not made playoffs and they are older but have much less playoff experience than Hjalmarsson as well.
What do you guys think?
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