As we went over some goaltenders and forwards, we cannot forget about the position in the game(biased opinion) in hockey. Defenseman. Here are some noteworthy free agents that could be of use to many teams.
Mike Green: Most noticeable among defenseman out there this year due to his All-Star appearance, and 33 points in 66 games. Mike Green has spent the last three seasons in Detroit scoring 35, 36, 33 points in each season. Coming over from Washington where he spent 10 years, Green is now 32-years-old in a game that is transitioning to a much faster and younger style the veteran defenseman has seen more so top-four minutes in recent years opposed to his number one d-man duties in Washington. While Green has dealt with some injuries throughout his career, he is a reliable number 5 defenseman on any NHL roster. Green is capable of producing 35-45 points depending on the team. Green does, in fact, see a lot of his minutes and points on the power play so that is a must for whatever team he is searching for. If Green does not stay in Detroit, he will find a job elsewhere.
Toby Enstrom: I believe if I am not mistaken it was said that the Jets were not interested in signing Enstrom. Enstrom played in just 43 games scoring just 6 points. After dealing with injuries last season Enstrom never really established himself as a force on the Jets backend. With a cap hit of 5.7 mil Enstrom services will be used elsewhere. Enstrom is 33 years old spending his whole career with Atlanta/Winnipeg. Therefore Enstrom knows no other atmosphere. It will be an adjustment for the veteran defenseman but where Enstrom goes next, I don’t think he’ll be receiving 5.7 mil due to the fact his best came back in 2010-11 when he collected 51 points.
Dan Hamhuis: Hamhuis spent the majority of his career with Nashville and Vancouver after being sent to Dallas in 2016-17 where he collected 16 points in 79 games, Hamhuis was on edge heading into this season. But as he collected 24 points in 80 games, he may find himself back in Dallas. Breaking up the d-core right now would not be the best bet for Dallas but with the signing of Stephen John, Hamhuis $3.75 mil cap hit may be hard for Dallas to swing if they want another scoring forward. Hamhuis has been a solid borderline 4 defenseman but a solid number five d-man. Hamhuis has been around the 25 point mark his whole career. If Dallas won’t budge on the 35-years-old a little high asking price someone out there (Buffalo) may budge.
Lucas Sbisa/Calvin De Haan: These two are put in the same grouping here because they are both around the same age (27-28) and both could be finding themselves elsewhere next season. De Haan missed a majority of 2017-18, only playing in 33 games, and he was on a one year deal coming into this year. Therefore who knows the Islanders commitment to him. Sbisa as well played in 30 games this season with Vegas, he tallied a solid 14 points in the time he got in the lineup. These two provide a ton of upside due to their left hand, young age and relatively hungry to make an impact on an NHL roster. De Haan could be back with the Islanders but everything needs to get worked out with Tavares first. As well as for Sbisa he could be back in Vegas but they have more important signings at the moment.
Other note-worthy defensemen:
Jack Johnson: rumored to be going to Pittsburgh… for an AAV of 3.2 million.
Paul Martin: Recently bought out by San Jose, 37, only playing in 13 games last year…