I think we can all agree that (1) Lou likes to deal for defensive depth at a trade deadline and (2) the Devils would do well in acquiring a 1st/2nd pairing defenseman. Being bored at work I scoured Capgeek.com and looked for defenseman under the following parameters:
1. Expiring UFAs/RFAs filtered by: Teams with marginal cup chances or that may be looking to get some assets in return their players(Colorado, Florida, Carolina)
then filtered by: Realism/Logic. For example we won't be trading for Erik Johnson of St. Louis (RFA) but James Wisniewski because of his injury history and possible monetary raise could be a potential acquisition.
2. I also then ensured the capspace would work for us, which because we didn't overpay any FA's in the offseason we have more than enough.
3. I assume that if we are going to make a deal for a D-Man that person would essentially bump Mottau down to third pairing. Otherwise what's the point right? We already have 'depth' in my opinion. That said, I then looked at some stats from behindthenet.ca in regards to quality of competition to see who has played against BETTER competition so far this season than Mike Mottau. I also filtered by players who average more than 15:00 of TOI per game.
I came up with the following players:
That's 9 players in total. Now the question becomes what would each team want in compensation for any of these players. I will now group the 9 players into compensation 'tiers' so we could get comfortable with what we would have to give up to get them:
Tippy Top Tier
So what do the posters at ILWT think? What would it take to acquire the players above? Do we need defensive help? Am I missing anyone that you think is deserving to be in this group?
Also, before you reply remember that Brian Rolston has a NTC. Thanks!