Do They Really Need That Many Skaters?

The Montreal Canadiens in the 2009/2010 season will likely look different then the one that just finished last season. But will there be more new faces from outside the organization than inside? Everyone speak of how Bob Gainey needs to sign many players to ice a team next season, in all reality the Canadiens could ice an a team of NHL players, it would just be many young players who got a taste last season needing to step it up.

With Koivu, Kovalev, Komisarek, Tanguay, Lang, Bouillon, Dandenault all UFA and Higgins, D’Agostini, Latendresse, Stewart and Plekanec RFA they do have some big holes to fill. But will the likely signing or compensation from the RFA and the amount of games lost to the UFA there are not that many holes that do not have an NHL ready replacement.

Games Missed (The noteable amount):
koivu (17)
Tanguay (32)
Dandenault (41)
Lang (32)
Komisarek (16)
Bouillon (28)
Higgins (25)
Latendresse (26)
Price (14)…He was playing well before the injury.

Barring another season with those kind of injuries, without the UFAs there will be about the same line up.

Rough look with RFA’s signed with a slight increase (numbers rounded up).

1)Kostitsyn (825k) – Plekanec (2M) – Kostitsyn (3.25)
2)Pacioretty (925k) – Lapierre (700k) – Latendresse (1.5)
3)Higgins (2M) – Chipchura (1M) – D’Agostini (1.5)
4)Stewart (900k) – Metropolit (1M) – Laraque (1.5M)

Markov (5.8)
Hamrlik (5.5M) – Gorges (1.1)
O’Byrne (1M) – Webber (900k)

Price (2.2M)
Halak (800k)

Cap Hit: Approximately 34.4M (Needing To Sign 1 D-Man & Depth Players)

With an approximate 54M Cap, that leaves 19.6M.

Using only players who played last season in the NHL the Canadiens can ice a team, not a really strong team, but one with lots of potential. The departure of Komisarek would really leave a hole as they don’t have anyone in the system appearing to be ready to step in next season. Cleary line 1 would be a line 2 and line 2 would be better at 3, but it just shows that other than Chipchura (who will be with the team or another team due to waiver restrictions) and Weber the team would look relatively the same.

Do the Canadiens take the 19.6M and sign the 3 Top six forwards and 1 Top four D-man they realistically need? Or do they sign a Center and D-man and just barely come over the cap floor and wait for next years UFA crop?

Regardless of what they do, they do not need to acquire as many players as it would seem with the RFA’s signed (They Have All been Qualitfied).

One UFA prediction, Ian Lapperierre signs with the Canadiens (1M-2M, 1-2 Years).

5 Responses to Do They Really Need That Many Skaters?

  1. Fuzz16 says:

    Nice article. Its nice to see the habs roster without any big stars there. Good group of young Guys.  Habs need to sign Vinny or someone who can fill that void for first line center.  I would rather keep Koivu then Kovalev for 2nd line center but for a decent contract.  Another thing we need to do is get a big D man wheather it be Komisarek, Phanuef or anyone else of that calibre.  Price will come into his own but with good defence.  Dont know how much cap that would take but I think we would have enough for a pretty good top 6 forward.

    Go Habs Go!!

  2. rc21pa says:

    I'm not a Habs fan by any means but let me throw a though out there for you guys with that much cap room.  Why not make a play for the Sedins.  They could be a good fit with a young Habs team and with that much room you could sign both for long term deals with little cap hit.  Especially if the contracts are front loaded.  That way when the stars start to shine on the young roster you will be able to shift salary to the young players and be able to make a smoother trade over.  Plus you'll have two stars on the team that aren't prone to injuries.

    Just a though.

  3. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    You have to like the situation if your a habs fan. COULD you lose some big guys to UFA, yes, but you could also get some of the best guys out there. IMO The Habs could get any player they wanted on July 1st, and (if they wanted) have the best shot at the Sedins (having both cap space, and the need for their offensive skills).

    The habs have the role players, they just need some fiepower on the front and back end. With about 30 million in cap space right now, I don’t think Gainey will have a tough time.

  4. Sector7G says:

    I believe that the Habs lineup will look something like this when the season starts:

    Sedin (6) – Sedin (6) – Kovalev (4)
    Pacioretty (0.875) – Plekanec (2) – Kostitsyn A (3.25)
    Latendresse (1.5) – Lapierre (0.7) – D'Agostini (1.5)
    Stewart (0.9) – Metropolit (1) – Laraque (1.5)

    Markov (5.75) – Komisarek/Beauchemin/Ohlund/Spacek (4)
    Hamrlik (5.5) – Gorges (1.1)
    O'Byrne (0.942) – Weber (0.9)

    Price (2.2)
    Halak (0.775)

    Extras: Kostitsyn S (0.82), Chipchura (1), Subban (0.5), and Carle (0.8).

    Total Cap Hit: 53.512M

  5. Hatyfranco says:

    Montreal would definately need to add some new faces to their line-up. The roster you showed is full of young players with consistency issues. It would probably be the worst team in the NHL. With $20M left over after your suggested signings, montreal could make a respectable team by spending the cap and adding players with leadership qualities.

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