Yea, it`s fairly easy to replace a 50 point defenseman if you wanna pay 6 or 7 million for one. Or trade away half of your farm. Ehrhoff was a rare situation where San Jose wanted to dump him to get Heatley. I wouldn`t count on that happening too often.
50 point defensemen don`t grow on trees. It`s almost impossible to get them through free agency without overpaying for them.
The fact that we can likely re-sign Edler for 5 million, means it would be silly to let him walk. Why would we wanna sacrifice depth at left side D, for depth at right side D? That really doesn't make us any deeper.
I do understand your point DeNiro, and in most threads I tend to side with you. But I just don't see it.
Both D men that Edler has best played with are gone (Salo, Ehrhoff) and has shown terrible results playing with Hamhuis, Ballard, and even Bieksa, an actual RSD. Yes 5M a year may be a "fair" price for Edler's skill, but I think only under the right conditions.
Chances are he would want a full NTC and that could really bite us in the ass if things don't work out. I just feel that losing a D man that can score 50 points isn't the biggest loss if his primary function, which is to be a defender, is lacking.
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