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Ken Daneyko weighs in on the NHL’s UFA-to-be defensemen

Ken Daneyko appeared on the NHL Live on Wednesday afternoon, and he made some surprising remarks.

As far as Daneyko is concerned, Matt Niskanen may turn out to be some team's modern-day version of the Rangers signing Bobby Holik to a $9 million-a-season contract as a 3rd-liner--Daneyko believes that Niskanen is not necessarily a top-two defenseman, and he feels that someone is going to overpay significantly for Niskanen having a career year. He suggests that, "Just because other teams sign outrageous contracts, it doesn't mean you should," so he feels $5-6 million is too much for Niskanen...

Daneyko also suggests that Brooks Orpik is a "complementary" stay-at-home, physical defenseman, not a puck-mover, and he wonders how much Orpik "has left in the tank" (as such, Daneyko feels that Orpik's health = term is a concern);

Daneyko argues that Anton Stralman is a Matt Niskanen-style "buyer beware" player, too, someone who capitalized on a superb "fit," but that he's not more than a good two-way defenseman. He suggests that he'd only overpay for a difference-making defenseman that he has to have, and he doesn't feel that Stralman is that kind of player;

Daneyko is asked about Dan Boyle, and he says that Boyle still skates well and moves the puck well, and his track record means that he's going to have to take a slight pay cut from his $6 million deal, but Danyeko feels that a 2-year deal with Boyle at or around $5 million is worth the risk for teams that are on the verge. He feels that Boyle is a proven commodity that isn't slowing down that much;

And regarding Willie Mitchell, he admits that he's a fan of Mitchell given that Mitchell started out alongside Daneyko in New Jersey, and he feels that a $3.5 million-ish salary gives a strong-shooting veteran defenseman who still "gets around."

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Primis's avatar

Daneyko sounds pretty spot-on about Niskanen and Stralman.  Someone’s going to pay them like a 1st pairing guy, and maybe even play them there, and be sorely disappointed.  Glad to see him note Orpik is basically the same thing too.  These guys are solid, complementary, second pairing d-men that aren’t going to have a huge impact on a team.

They’ll get paid because under the new CBA and Cap teams have locked up every halfways-decent d-man they can.

Everyone knew Suter was gong to be an ultra-rare commodity—a true #1 UFA d-man.  Good luck waiting for another of those to hit the market.

Think he’s wrong on Boyle though.  Watching him, he seems to be slowing down pretty quickly now.

Posted by Primis on 06/25/14 at 10:36 PM ET


Agree with Daneyko on Niskanen, because of the term that he is probably seeking. I think 7 years would be too much for him, but the potential payoff is high too.
Boyle is a much safer pick up.

Posted by George0211 on 06/26/14 at 07:57 AM ET

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