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Here are the few, the proud, the UFA defensemen

Jun 18, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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As Halford mentioned earlier, the list of pending unrestricted free agent defensemen is getting pretty thin. Here are the few notables that could be available July 1.

Ryan Suter – But you already knew that, so let’s move on.

Dennis Wideman – The 29-year-old has said he wants to stay in Washington, but his contract demands could be steep given the 46 points he put up in 2011-12. The Caps might be better served spending their money elsewhere. Obviously they’ll be hoping Mike Green won’t miss as much time next season, and young John Carlson could take on more of an offensive role if Wideman moves on.

Jason Garrison – Talks between the Panthers and the 27-year-old have yet to produce a deal. Though he’s best known for the 16 goals he scored in 2011-12 playing alongside Brian Campbell, Garrison brings more to the table than a cannon from the point – he’s a big guy that can play in all situations and doesn’t mind getting his nose dirty.

Matt Carle – The 27-year-old logged 25:19 per game in the playoffs and wants to stay in Philadelphia. In fact, he might already have re-signed if not for the “tagging rule” that prevents teams from exceeding this year’s salary cap in commitments for next season.

Other pending UFA d-men below the age of 35 include Michal Rozsival, Bryan Allen and Shane O’Brien.

Elder statesmen include Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek, Sami Salo and Bryce Salvador.

Are we forgetting anyone?

Oh, Jeff Finger. His contract’s up, too.

  1. tackledummy1505 - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    I hate one way Matt Carle. Ok it’s good he’s a good blue liner, but you’re a defender! The guy couldn’t mark my mom around the net. He literally gets lost and then gives the dumbest look when the other team scores. Like he’s wondering if anyone saw that it was him that blew the coverage. Save the money look towards a younger guy or getting a solid veteran. Our defense was horrible last season and a big reason was Carle

    • davebabychreturns - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      I thought a big reason was the complete lack of righties, at least that’s what Zach Parise claimed the Devils exploited after they beat you guys.

      • ml3939 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        @davebabychreturns- the Devils exploited their defense period, regardless of shooting hand.

    • ml3939 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      You’d better be careful, Carle has two fans and they are always running to his defense in the comments section. I am a Flyers fan and hate the player that he is. Pronger always carried him when they were paired together. On his own, not so good. An atrocity on the power play. For the first person to cite his point totals, remember how loaded the Flyers power play is. It’s a pretty easy decision for the opposing PK to leave him open and give him more space. He has passing lanes unseen by any other player on the unit. On top of that, unless some nerd perfects a hockey stick to match the javelin constructed for Lamar Latrell, no one is gonna fear Matt Carle’s limp wrist shot.

      Unfortunately the market is thin for defenseman and Carle is willing to take a discount. So in all likelihood the nightmare continues.

      • drunkbro - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM

        remember that carle is often passing back and forth with giroux at the top of the point. and sometimes his wrist shots are blocked, and picked up off a lucky bounce and shot in. that counts as an assist. break out passes are his biggest flaw, which is followed by front of the net coverage, which pronger was usually able to compensate for

      • ml3939 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        ^^^^hit the nail on the head^^^

  2. davebabychreturns - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    PS I will take Jason Garrison, please.

    Oh and technically Justin Schultz is (going to be) an unrestricted free agent too.

  3. charleslouis99 - Jun 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Jeff finger should be on every teams list.

  4. loinstache - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I’ve wanted Garrison on the Canucks for a while now – huge shot that can quarterback a power play as well as being solid on the other end of the ice. He’s even expressed interest in joining Vancouver. I think he will be a great asset on any team he joins, he’s definitely coming into form.

  5. bladesofsteal - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Keith Ballard and David Booth think it’s great that Canuck fans and media are really excited for a Florida Panther who’s had one good season to join them and with a new cap-killing contract. There’s no way this could go wrong!

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