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Top 10 rental defensemen at the trade deadline

Jan 27, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

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With so many teams in the market for depth defensemen as the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaches, here’s a list of pending unrestricted free agents (with cap hits) on bad teams that could be available.

1. Hal Gill, Montreal ($2.25 million) – Big, tough, shot-blocker extraordinaire with a ton of playoff experience. Won a ring with Pittsburgh.

2. Pavel Kubina, Tampa Bay ($3.85 million) – Not the offensive defenseman he used to be, but won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004. Can play 20 minutes a game if needed. Has a limited no-trade clause.

3. Tim Gleason, Carolina ($2.75 million) – Should be among the most sought after blue-liners. Gleason is one of the few plus players on the ‘Canes. Not afraid to get his nose dirty.

4. Bryan Allen, Carolina ($2.9 million) – Sizable cap hit for what you’re getting, but if salary space is no issue, Allen offers size and toughness.

5. Adrian Aucoin, Phoenix ($2 million) – Not young at 38, but plays 20 minutes a game for the Coyotes. Big shot from the point.

6. Andy Sutton, Edmonton ($2.125 million) – Another big, tough defenseman.

7. Chris Campoli, Montreal ($1.75 million) – Played all seven playoff games last season for the Blackhawks before a contract dispute led to a parting of ways.

8. Steve Staios, NY Islanders ($1.6 million) – At 38, an experienced vet that went to the 2006 Cup finals with the Oilers.

9. Milan Jurcina, NY Islanders ($1.6 million) – The minus-23 isn’t great, but neither are the Isles.

10. Brett Clark, Tampa Bay ($1.5 million) – Needed a tenth guy for the list. That’s Clark.

  1. davebabychreturns - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Not a lot of mobile defenders (that aren’t known for season-ending overtime turnovers) on that list.

  2. eichiefs9 - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Could have subbed Mark Eaton for Brett Clark at 10

    • hystoracle - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Could have subbed many a guy for Clark. Clark = turnover machine. He’s a 5-6 defenseman on a team that has had one of the weakest blue line corps in the league this season.

  3. dougr42 - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I think Hal Gill might be exactly what the Flyers need. Odds on them getting ANOTHER former Penguin? Hmmmm.

  4. trbowman - Jan 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    The Capitals could really use Hal Gill.

  5. illcomm - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    No chance of getting Gil. I’m not 100%, but I believe flyers and canadiens have never made a trade before.

    • phillyboy20 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Recchi for Desjardins and Leclair was kind of big one

      • danphipps01 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        I’m amazed I’m saying this about a deal that gave the Canadiens Mark fucking Recchi, but the Flyers mauled them on this deal. Desjardins was a solid playmaker and Leclair was on the Legion of Doom and notched more points than Recchi over the same span that Recchi was in Montreal. Significantly more, actually. Recchi couldn’t make it work with the guys he had with him, but Leclair exploded with Lindros.

      • tcclark - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        and Zubrus for Recchi

      • rainyday56 - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM

        and. Desjardins and Leclair went on to win all those cups, just like Recchi…

  6. danphipps01 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Gleason would be a good way to shore up the Flyers’ D. He’d be a great way of getting rid of Vancouver’s Ballard contract. Trade Raymond and a pick or something, see if the ‘Canes want a forward who can actually maintain a plus rating. They’d need to find a victim onto which they can deposit Ballard first, but then, Ballard’s not a bad D. Just… bad for a team that’s built on speedy transitions. He’d be a solid guy on other teams, so they shouldn’t necessarily lack for outlets, especially amongst non-contenders.

  7. comeonnowguys - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    ” Chris Campoli, Montreal ($1.75 million) – Played all seven playoff games last season for the Blackhawks before a contract dispute led to a parting of ways.”

    I’d guess the turnover that directly led to their elimination didn’t help, either.

  8. derrico2 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    No Jordan Leopold on that list??

  9. sheckyrimshot - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    the habs later ended up trading recchi back to the flyers for zubrus. maybe montreal and philly have never made a trade that didnt involve mark recchi.

  10. ikillchicken - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I’d love to see Gill in a Canucks uniform. He’s exactly what they need to round out their defence and add a bit of depth.

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