LoovTrain, you could be right, just not a Gardner fan. He's got great skill but a defensive zone disaster and a absolute give away machine.
PalHal, Goligoski won't sell on the UFA market for a penny less then $6M and Harrington showed well early this season, I think he's a player. That said, he was injured from Dec on.
And, Gunshot, I think we need to address the Goalie first and Defence second to move the team forward. I agree they shouldn't move Gards, if they can't replace him. However, in the case presented above, we are replacing Gardiner's $4M with Goligoski (an indisputable upgrade) @$6M and adding Smith (IMO also an upgrade, certainly a defensive improvement).