Not a very good line-up. Im not too sure how near the future is in your mind. You seem to be forgeting a few players on the roster and in the system : Kovalev, Chipchura, Valentenko. First off Lapierre is not and will never be a second line center. Guys like Locke, Ferland and Milroy, are guys you call up in case of injury. Montreal is in desperate need of a BIG center. Im fed up of hearing about Briere. Sure he had 95 points this past year, but if anyone thinks that he can get 95 points playing with Montreal, they are nuts. Montreal should be looking a signing a vetran center that they don't have to sign for 4 or 5 years, or look to trade for an established center who is already under contract long term i.e. Brad Richards.
So if im Bob Gainey I call Jay Feester in Tampa and offer him this
Ryder, Kovalev, Dandenault