I think Higgins, Plekanec, Gorges, Subban, 2 Firsts and something from another first to a third is definately overpaying. However you have to look at it in the eyes of Gainey and what he’ll be left with. First off, three roster players in Higgins, Plek and Gorges. While higgins and, until recently, plekanec have both been playing sub-par Gorges has exceed expecatations and has become uite good, and is starting to show some offensive upside.
Higgins, a winger, is definately a guy you want on your team, hes got balls and heart, and is great guy in the lockeroom, however, look at the many wingers we have: Kostitsyn Bros, Pacioretty, Latendresse and D’Agostini all of whom are signed past this year.Then we have kovalev and tanguay, both of whom are UFA, and i believe, especially if lecavalier were to come here, only one of them would be back, unless major, and pretty much ridiculous paycuts were to be made, which probably won’t happen. So getting rid of higgins isn’t THAT big a deal in regards to top 6 potential wingers.
Giving up Gorges and Subban, regarded as one of the best defensemen outside the NHL, is regretable, however D-men is defibnately the strong-point of our farm system. Fischer and McDonaugh are most likely gonna be in the AHL next year, and possibly even the NHL for McDonaugh. Valentenko signed a deal with a team in russia last year, however in that contract a clause existsthat says, if hed liek he can come join montreal after one season. Emelin’s contract is over after this year, and has publicly stated he would liek to come paly for Montreal. And as far as a powerplay-quarterback goes, well he may not have the potential and leadership subban has, but mathieu Carle, does also have potential to be a top-4 D-man and an Anchor on the powerplay.
Lastly, Plekanec, centrre is definately the weakest part of the Canadians organization but while giving up Plekanec, a pretty good number 2 center, we’re getting lecavalier, a franchise center. Making Koivu, who regardless of what all you haters and nay-sayers are saying WILL be resigned, our number 2 center.
So as far as players go, i see nothign wrong with this trade. The only thing i dislike is 2, possibly even three first roundrs going back their way. Buti guess you can say Montrreal does draft reasonably well, and its not like our farm-system is weak either, so while giving up those picks is the worst part of the trade, I think in the end, I’d take Lecavlier over three firsts.
Keep in mind that higgins and Plekanec are both RFAs after this year.
Lineup for next Year:(I believe Tanguay will be back, as well as Koivu, while kovalev will not.)
pretty much whoever does best in camp
to tampa bay
C-Tomas Plekanec 1.8 mill
LW-Chris Higgins 1.9 mill
G-Jaroslav Halak .750 k
D-Ryan O'byrne .941 k
2nd and 3rd rd draft picks in 2009 and a 1st and 4th rd draft pick in 2010
C Vincent Lecavalier 6.875
the rights to G Riku Helenius
ts for their rebuilding process which they should have continued when they drafted stamkos its like a brad richards trade involving goaltenders i like this trade and i would like to see any other variables of change but i would give a whole lot to get a really good player for long term picks in the next 2 years and 4 young players that have really good value and are projected to be 2nd line players and a projected 4th defensman and another projected top goaltender it doesnt seem to much but it actually is and if this happens in the near future the cup is surely in the hands of the habs again but other than a chance at the playoffs for tampa bay they are currently sitting 13 points out of a playoff spot realisticly tampa should start to rebuild