4 defensemen trades New Jersey Devils can make to replace Kevin Bahl with an upgrade

The New Jersey Devils just made a massive trade to upgrade their goalie position, but it came at a steep cost. How can the Devils replace starting defenseman Kevin Bahl in a trade?
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3. Mario Ferraro
San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks are in a weird spot this offseason. They just announced they have no interest in trading Logan Couture, despite him being one of the few assets on the team that isn't insanely young but has a ton of value. So, the Sharks are going to look elsewhere to keep the tank vibes going. They have the first-overall pick coming their way in Macklin Celebrini. Now, it's time to build further.

Enter 25-year-old Mario Ferraro. The defenseman is somewhat of a soft spot for Devils fans. The Sharks drafted him with the second-round pick Ray Shero sent them to get Mirco Mueller. It might finally be time to rectify that mistake. The Devils should definitely be after Ferraro. He fits their timeline perfectly, and he could be the foil for Dougie Hamilton that they hoped Siegenthaler would be. It moves Siegs down to the proper position, taking pressure off him on a nightly basis. 

Ferraro will come at a price, but the Devils should absolutely inquire. Would he be worth that 10th overall pick? No other team would likely match that offer for a top-pairing defensive defenseman. Yet, it makes all the sense in the world for the Devils, who have built their defense around a player like Ferraro on the top line. It’s a steep price, but it might be one worth paying if this is the link that fixes this defense for good.