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Assessing Potentially Available Defenseman

Last time I did one of these, the subject (Pavel Kubina) was promptly scooped up by the Flyers - let's hope that doesn't happen again. Kubina was also explicitly on the block and the Wings had made an offer; this time, it's more my intuition as to who Kenny Holland could be going after in the next week.

First, I'll start off with the most grizzled vet of the three I'll highlight - Jaroslav Spacek of the Carolina Hurricanes. The 6' backguard is 38 years old and an impending UFA with a $3.83 million cap hit. He's spent time with the Canes and Canadiens this year, amassing a 3-7-10 line and +1 rating in 34 games. Career wise, he's 80-270-350 and +44 in 868 games. He's got a good amount of playoff experience - 61 games - although no cup. A steady veteran hand who will more often than not make the smart play, but not too much more than that.

Our second candidate is Shane O'Brien of the Colorado Avalanche. The cheapest one of the bunch, by far. Personally, I'd rather go after Ryan O'Byrne or Ryan Wilson, but I do remember hearing whispers about Shane moving so for the sake of reality I'll go with him. O'Brien is on a one year contract worth $1.1 million and has put up 2 goals and 12 assists in 55 games with a -4 rating. He's a lifetime +12 with 12 goals and 78 points in 434 games. He's got 40 games of playoff experience himself, and would bring a nice physical presence to the bottom pair.

And finally, we're on to my personal favorite acquisition: Andrej Sekera. With him comes a price, however; he's in the first year of a four year contract that sees a cap hit of $2.75 million per year (no Brendan Smith for at least another year!). He's a little wet behind the ears yet, only having played 284 games with 14 goals, 63 assists, 77 points and a +5 rating. He's also only played in 8 postseason contests. Honestly, probably the most unlikely one to happen, but he's the guy I'd like the most.

So, out of these three, who would you not mind seeing in a Wings sweater?

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