Thinking about the Devils depth chart - the D signed for next year at the NHL level are:
D for next year otherwise:
Hraberenka (I think he'll get an ELC)
Helgeson? (I don't think he'll get a contract)
McPherson? (I'm not sure he will get an NHL contract, but he's managed 25 games this year)
Merrill? (I don't really see why he would stay for a 4th year in college)
Gedig? (He could leave after 3 years)
Leach (I don't think he will be re-signed)
Corrente (I think the Devils might finally say goodbye, his body just can't withstand north american pro hockey)
Kelly (hard to say what his future is)
Young (he'll be on an AHL contract if he comes back at all)
So the depth chart might look something like this in 2013-14, assuming no trades
The year after that will bring Merrill, Gedig, and Severson into the fold for 'sure' ('sure' meaning I assume Merrill and Gedig will be signed by then) - depth chart then:
Salvador-Urbom (waiver eligible in 2014-15)
Anyway, this is all a long-winded way of saying that the Devils can afford to trade one of Merrill, Gelinas, or Urbom in addition to trading one of Tallinder, Greene, or Volchenkov. D prospects are far from being a sure thing, but if you collect enough of them you're bound to hit on a few. Furthermore, I think the D UFA market is much more easily beaten than the forward market - the Devils have Greene, Tallinder, and Volchenkov as UFAs they signed - Tallinder and Greene are bargains, Volchenkov is not, but that's a good ratio nonetheless.
I prefer to put the defensemen in tiers. This is of course excluding Harrold and Zidlicky.Untouchable
Salvador- awful contract
Volchenkov- awful contract + NTCTrade Bait
Obviously I'd like to hang on to Tallinder and Greene, but I dont think its possible to keep both since we have some NHL ready prospects.
I'll tier the prospects just for the hell of itTier 1
I'll stop there as the rest virtually have zero value.
I dont think it makes sense to trade Merrill because his value is probably at its lowest after the suspension and recent injury. He also has the highest upside. That leaves Severson, Urbom and Gelinas. The more I think, the more I realize that it makes the most sense to trade Urbom. He's probably the most NHL ready and I think Larsson has made him redundant.
Now the question is, what could a package of Tallinder/Greene + Urbom fetch? First, lets see who is in need of defense.
Minnesota- Suter (bleh), Spurgeon, Gilbert, Falk, Scandella
St. Louis- Pietrangelo, Jackman, Shattenkirk, Cole, Polak, Huskins
Calgary- J Bo, Brodie, Giordano, Wideman, Babchuk, Sarich
Here are some potential offers. Greene/Tallinder + Urbom for:
Setoguchi + pick
1. Chris Stewart or Patrik Berglund. (Both are RFA though)
2. D'Agostini + a pick (RFA)
1. Glencross (this is longshot)