Sometimes life hands you a perfect solution.
Ian White is really under rated and he knows it, he was 8th in goals by a defenseman last year and 29th in points by a defenseman, no one talks about it but that is really good. As his agent you would look at comparables right? Who also had 38 points and what do they get paid? I'll tell you.
Campbell- $7.1 Million
Kubina- $5.0 Million
Timonen- 6.3 Million
Looks like bad news for Sutter right?
During arbitration nasty nasty things will be said about a player to negatively affect how much they will be awarded so it almost always means that player will not be returning after the contract year, especially when the comparables are even more against you. With Giordano becoming a UFA after this season and most certainly a guy that will be offered big money by Calgary it seems that White is destined to be here one more year. Either by arbitration or by negotiation he will be here or risk not playing a year in the NHL which would mean a lot less money for him. UNLESS....
An offer sheet comes.
Now if you are a team looking for a goal scoring D and you think you could sign him for less than $3.09 million then all you would give up is a second round draft pick nest year. If you think you can sign him to an offer sheet but don't want to get in a bidding war wouldn't offering a 2nd rounder THIS year to a team devoid of any picks in the first two rounds make sense?
Sutter stated outright that it's not realistic to have more than three high paid Defensemen, right now Regehr, Sarich, Bouwmeester and Staios all fit in that category. Now you have to add White with Giordano in line for an extension and young guys that deserve a shot knocking loudly on the door.
Moving White, who is worth something, for just a decent pick ion the draft might make a lot of sense. Moving out another on the list above (we all know bouwmeester isn't going anywhere) would also be a good move because you will get some return for a Regehr.
Just some possible movement thoughts there. They have a glut of defense so move it for what you need!