From what I understand Gilbert did really well on the first pairing in FLA last season. Of course, being on a terrible team and not being a *superstar* caliber defenseman. You're pretty much fly under the radar and get panned as a nobody with little worth. Gilbert would be fine if everyone else slips through our fingers. He's not the home-run that everyone will be looking for tomorrow afternoon, but I think I would prefer him to Boyle as he wouldn't be as expensive and would probably allow flexibility for trades later in the season -- if necessary.
I would slot him in as our #5 D-man to pair with a kid. He's definitely not a 1st or 2nd pairing guy on our team.
So worst case scenario:
Kron - Smith
Deke - Ericsson
Gilbert - *Kid*
That's what I was thinking. If it's between Boyle and Gilbert, I'm probably more interested in Gilbert.
Niskanen scares me a little because he's going to require such a huge commitment in term and salary.
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