Top 5 Defensive Free Agents For The Penguins
Michalek is very poised and calm with the puck on his stick, he keeps his game relatively simple like Rob Scuderi. But Michalek is more physical, he blocks more shots, and can be used on the PP. Michalek is a very underrated defensemen coming into the 2010 offseason, because of names like Volchenkov, Martin and Hamhuis. He'll most likely command a lower salary than the names mentioned above and that could work great for a team like the Penguins who are pushed against the cap.
Andy Sutton has excellent size, which he uses well to shutdown opposing players. He's very gritty and physical, he uses his body a lot and isn't afraid to get involved if someone is around the crease. Sutton is a pretty decent skater for someone his size and blocks a gratuitous amount of shots. He's a very solid PKer and can be used on the PP, he has a very hard slapshot which is fairly accurate.
Tallinder is a Mark Eaton type defensemen, he's not overtly physical but he more so uses his stick and smarts to fend off opposing forwards. Tallinder was making a cap hit of $2.5M last season, most analysts are expects a $1M pay raise. Tallinder is a shut-down defensemen, he's very good positionally and blocks a ton of shots. He's not great offensively or moving the puck out of his own zone and struggles sometimes with turnovers.
Lydman is a sound all-around defensemen who's capable of playing big minutes each night. Lydman is solid defensively and rarely makes mistakes in his own zone or he rarely ever gets caught out of position. He's a fantastic skating defensemen, he's also one of the few fast skating defensemen in the league. Lydman possesses the ability to move the puck well out of his zone, and can be used the PP.
Exelby is a punishing defensemen, he hits everything that moves in the defensive zone. Exelby keeps things very simple defensively, he blocks shots and throws his body. He's not flashy at all, and you'll only notice what he brings after the game is over.