I'll say it again, my dark horse trade deadline candidate is Salvador. He's got that leadership quality that some GMs find attractive at the trade deadline, he doesn't have an NTC and his contract really isn't that bad (one more year for basically what an average non-ELC defenseman makes). I think Lou's confident that Harrold can step in to the bottom pairing. I guess it's really dependent on how confident Lou is that Larsson is ready to be a full-time NHLer again, or Gelinas for that matter. Assuming that Volchenkov will be in and out of the line-up with various bumps and bruises, here's what a non-Salvador defense corps might look like.
I'm not familiar with the defense corps of a lot of potential trade partners, so it's hard for me to say where he would end up. I suppose you could trade him for Parenteau. Colorado would probably want to dump his salary and his production is set to decline anyway. I really never liked him, but he's supposed to be good in shoot-outs.
Trading one of the young defenseman doesn't make a lot of sense. Would be one thing if we're a guaranteed playoff team like 2009-2010, but obviously not the case right now. I don't see younger players that will be under a team's control available (like Kane). People brought up the idea of a sign/trade for Statsny. Usually word gets out that a team has given permission for one of its UFAs to be to talk to other teams -- like Callahan -- but haven't heard any news like that on Statsny.