Marleau to be Habs most wanted big center ?

As most of Habs fans know, we have been looking for years to add a big center to our lineup. Finally, we may find him in San Jose.

For years, Habs have been looking for this big scoring center. With the presumed failed attempts to get Lecavalier to shine in Montréal (André Savard once refused to accept a Vinny for Théo deal, you imagine that?), other options have been considered out of time, the latest being the signing of UFA Jason Arnott during last year’s offseason. Arnott got a 5 M, 5 year deal in Nashville and I think Bob was right to pass on this one. Montreal also participated in the Peter Forsberg derby but were once again beaten by soon-to-be Hamilton’s Predators.

With the miserable condition of Montreal 5 on 5 play this year, it is obvious Gainey has to do something. By “something”, I do not mean only getting rid of Samsonov – and maybe Kovalev – and graduate a few Bulldogs. I am thinking about a good or a great player that can help this team by leading the youngsters to be better players. In my opinion, it is unlikely that Gomez, Brière or Drury will sign in Montreal.

But….
There is strong rumors that are sending Marleau to Montréal these days. Apparently, he had a fight or disaggrement with his coach and was blamed for SJ’s playoff elimination. Also, it is obvious SJ won’t be able to retain both Marleau and Thornton after the next season (they will be UFA). One possibility would be a 3 teams deal involving Boston. Boston would get a goalie from San Jose (Nabokov) and send them Glen Murray. We know Montreal are interested in Boston’s Bergeron, but I can’t imagine the Habs getting their hands on both Bergeron and Marleau, except if San Jose is interested in Koivu, and Boston in Kovalev. But this looks more like pure delirium than reasonable prediction. Still, the Marleau to Montreal deal rumors are very hot. From a Montreal perspective, it would make a lot of sense.

But again, the question is, who would have to leave ?
Any chance SJ is interested in Kovalev ?
Any possibility of a sign and trade with Sourray ?
Would Ryder, Halak and a pick would be enough ? (that is, assuming SJ trades one of their goalie and could be looking for a decent backup.)

Please, don’t throw me this usual crap “Higgins, Komisarek, Price, and a pick”. Bod is not stupid and if this rumor is true, he will work a decent deal out.
So what are your thinking ?

Would Marleau make a huge impact on Montreal’s offense. Can we afford him ? What will it take to land him ? Is there any possibility to manage a trade for Marleau and still sing Souray ?


97 Responses to Marleau to be Habs most wanted big center ?

  1. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    hey the leafs actually try to make the team better, instead of saying, eh, it'll do. I'm sorry, what youth do you speak of??? Toivonen, and Stuart are useless, Kessel will likely score 20 goals, 60 points, Bergeron will get about 80 points. You have little $$$ so dont expect a UFA signing.

    That Leaves the Bruins offense slightly better(about 230 goals), and the defense will be the same…abesolute crap, likely letting in 280-300 goals. That will likely get the B's to about 12th in the East.

    Now the Leafs Youth, i.e Steen, Wellwood, Stajan, Colaiacovo, Williams, White are all set to improve points wise, overall Leafs will score about the same, 260 goals, Raycroft will be crap, but with a bit more help (and a few less injuries) the Leafs can trim the goals against to about 250. Plus if we get a shootout specialist, we are definetly a playoff team.

    The Sens and Sabres are in, the Habs and Leafs are both improving and will make it in, leaving the poor Bruins in the dust.

  2. micky says:

    Forget Marleau, lets be realistic! They need strength and toughness at ALL levels of the game.  Sign Scott Hartnell, maybe pick-up Chris Simon for next to nothing, and trade for a physical defenceman.  as a long shot….go after Chris Drury, as he brings mental/physical toughness, leadership and heart….everything the habs lack!! Get rid of Kovalev, and bring up a few of the Bulldogs, ie: Lapierre/Chipchura.  Also, get Charbonneau some experinced help behind the bench, as this is no time to learn on the job! He wasn't qualified last year to lead this team!!

  3. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Thats a joke right? The habs trade Kovalev and Boullion and get Bergeron and Marleau!!!!!! hey buddy, nobody wants your 7th defenseman, or your 4.5 million dollar team cancer

  4. DoubleDown says:

    i dont see the habs moving for marleau. they're building in Montrealy right now. makes no sense to part with some of your best young talent for a guy like marleau. he's a very good player, but hes not great. gainey wont do anything to jeopordize what he's building. he won't make any veteran splashes this year or next year, i dont think. i think he's got his eye on the 2009 offseason, to be honest. at that point, the youngsters should be fully contributing, and contracts like koivu, kovalev, bouillon, dandenault will be up..long term, i know. but ultimately, i think thats gaineys plan.

  5. DoubleDown says:

    wow…you don't know what you're talking about, do you? markov would be the #1 guy in San Jose. he's a terrific puck mover who scored 50 points last year, higgins has played two seasons and has scored 45 goals and will only get better. i've got news for you: the Habs wouldn't trade Markov and Higgins for Marleau. not enough of a return for Montreal.

  6. DoubleDown says:

    im pretty sure it was a joke

  7. Milohabs says:

    Let me start by saying that sometimes I hate being a Habs fan, because we often tend to start these stupid rumors.

    1) – Thos who say that Carbonneau was not qualified……you are so dumb. He is a rookie coach, Gainey knew he was hiring a rookie coach. Carbo will be given every opportunity to excel in his role before Gainey decides to make another coaching move. The guy is passionate for the club & the sport and he got stuck with several players who do not share that passion.

    Now then, Gainey is very methodical in all of his moves. He does not panic or make moves under pressure.

    Priority 1 was signing Markov (most would agree) and he got that done.

    Priority 2 was signing Souray. The offer was made less than 24 hours after Markov, but Souray's agent hasn't even replied yet. This tells me that yes, Gainey wants to keep Souray, but not at any cost, and it tells me more that Souray made up his mind a year ago to test the waters and head for the coast. I would not bet any money that Souray is back in MTL next year.

    Priority 3 was to eliminate Samsonov. gainey had 3 options, buy out (which most thought would happen), send him back to the minors or trade him off. Gainey managed to dump him on Chicago and pick up 2 bodies while reducing his cap space by 1 million. He may still move said 2 bodies or buyout Cullimore and free up even more cap space. Great move while in a difficult decision. This is an absolute win for Gainey, and the team can start fresh next year with 1 less attitude problem. I still think Kovalev is valuable and a huge piece of the PP success last year. He's dangerous with the puck, and still very threatening when 5 on 4. I think that he does care and wants to bring a cup to Montreal, he's often misunderstood. He seems to have the respect of his team mates so let's just hope he can rebound and bring home a solid season next year.

    Prioity 4 – Gainey had to get certain key restricted free agents under contract to then see what his cap will look like. Higgins & Komi are now locked up for 2 years. Ryder & Plex will get signed at some point, and then Gainey can look forward.

    Priority 5 – Gainey now has to bring in AT LEAST 1 key forward to spark some offense. I really think he may do it via a trade and go after a top player. Marleu, Bergeron & St Louis have all been rumored in the past, but Gainey doesn't usually operate that way. I think he'll make a move that no one sees coming. If gainey can't pull off a trade, I think he'll be VERY agressive and go after Briere. The only problem with this is that he may end up overpaying even though Briere is excellent, he may have to pay a little extra to entice him to come to Montreal.

    I really think that Gainey has this train moving in the right direction. With players like Higgins, Kostitsyn (x 2), Grabovsky, Price, Halak, Chipchura – not to mention 2 1rst rounders this year. gainey is builing a winner. The key is finding the 1 or 2 players to fill in the gaps. The Habs will either flourish or die next year based on the next 2 -3 moves that Gainey makes between now and July 1.

  8. Milohabs says:

    forgot to post about the actual trade being made.

    basically, sure. I'd like Marleau (or bergeron for that matter) to land in Montreal. Do i think it will happen….no, not really. Also, Gainey should not give up too much for Marleau as he'll be UFA next summer. You need a guy like marleau when you are closer to having a true contender (Ottawa, Buffalo, or SAN JOSE!!!) They will not trade this guy, unless the Sharks are out of a playoff spot come the next trade deadline.

  9. modk09 says:

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  10. Tropbovin says:

    I would buy this one !

  11. Tropbovin says:

    I like that !

  12. Tropbovin says:

    Would love to see this one happen.

    .. but then Koivu would be disposible…

  13. senators101 says:

    If you look very closely, you'll notice that this trade isn't in fact a 3 way deal.  Instead, they are 2 separate trades completely.

  14. senators101 says:

    Marleau only has one year left on his contract.  No team is going to offer their whole roster for him unless they think they're winning the cup this year.  Montreal would wait it out this year without him and get him for nothing next year.

  15. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    no, most 3way deals work like that. the havlat trade was like that.

  16. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    well nobody made that mistake about you!

    The city cant afford to keep most of the team, so there is a good chance marleau and Thornton will lieave. they have a good core of young college kids that will keep them in the playoffs, but wont bring them to the cup.

  17. CaptainAvery says:

    And people thought Pronger was an Oiler for life after his 5 year deal, and Yashin for life in NYI for his 4 more years, anyone can go anywhere, any true hockey fan knows that!

  18. senators101 says:

    Hey dumbass:

    The Havlat trade went like this:

    To Chicago: Havlat and Smolinski (from Ottawa)
    Josh Hennessey (from San Jose)

    To San Jose: Mark Bell (from Chicago)

    To Ottawa: Tom Preissing (from San Jose)
    Michael Barinka (from SJ)
    Josh Hennessey ( who went from SJ to Chi to OTT)

    Now that's a 3 way trade.  All three teams are involved sending players all over the place. 
    In your proposed 3 way trade, SJ made one deal with Boston and used none of those players for a trade with Montreal.  — In other words, 2 separate trades.

  19. Lazarus says:

    "In a three-way trade, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Martin Havlát and Bryan Smolinski from the Ottawa Senators; the San Jose Sharks acquired Mark Bell from Chicago; the Senators acquired Tom Preissing and Josh Hennessy from San Jose (via Chicago), as well as Michal Barinka and a second-round draft pick in 2008 from the Blackhawks." – Quoted from news source.

    In the Havlat trade the deal had to go through Chicago because Ottawa wanted Preissing and Hennessy from San Jose but San Jose wanted Mark Bell from Chicago. In actuality most 3-way deals are two seperate deals done at the same time, in the Havlat trade, San Jose trades Preissing and Hennessy for Bell. Then Chicago turns around and trades them along with a little more to sweeten the pot to Ottawa for Smolinski and Havlat.

    That is nothing like your proposed trade. Your trade has Toskala for Murray and Rask. Then you have Marleau for Higgins and a first. Nothing at all is going either from Boston to Montreal or vice-versa. Sorry but theres no three way deal in your proposal.

  20. Lazarus says:

    Beat me to it.  😉

  21. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    "To Chicago: Havlat and Smolinski (from Ottawa)
    Josh Hennessey (from San Jose)

    To San Jose: Mark Bell (from Chicago)

    To Ottawa: Tom Preissing (from San Jose)
    Michael Barinka (from SJ)
    Josh Hennessey ( who went from SJ to Chi to OTT)"

    UH… NO
    Chicago Traded Bell to San Jose for Barinka, Hennessey, Preissing
    Chicago then traded those 3 to Ottawa for Havlat and Smokes

  22. lockedge says:

    Yeah, San Jose really wants an interim PPQB in Markov.
    Like I said, what can Markov do to teach Carle/Ehrhoff/Vlasic to be better?
    If the Sharks get markov, they suddenly have 3 defensemen meant for offense, and one who can do both(Vlasic). That would be idiotic.

    And Higgins is far from proven. people were saying the same kind of stuff about Trent Hunter. Look where he is now.

    There's nothing Montreal can offer San Jose for Marleau, because they have nothing to fill the holes San Jose needs filled. If anything, losing Marleau would just add one more hole.

    YOU don't know what you're talking about, do you? For once, maybe some people should check in on the San Jose depth charts and prospect listings. Do some freaking research into team needs before spouting off ideas that would never come into fruition.

    Yes, a deal of Marleau(and change) for Higgins and Markov would be stupid. For Montreal it wouldn't be enough of a return. For San Jose, it wouldn't be enough of a return.
    Look at the trade from both angles.

  23. lockedge says:

    No way. Sharks are stocked full at the RW slot. Cheech, Bernier, Clowe, Michalek(RW who is working on the left because it's the only spot with room).

    No way Ryder comes in without someone like Clowe or Bernier going out, with Bernier being the likely candidate of the two.

    And San Jose doesn't need halak. They have Nabby(who won't be moved), Toskala(who will), and a couple of promising prospects(Greiss and Dakers), with Patzold looking like a decent shot at a backup spot, unless Greiss takes that job in camp(though I doubt it, as the org will want him to develop further and not be stagnant playing under 20 games).

    Tampa wouldn't be able to take Nabby's salary unless Richards is moved to San Jose, which would prompt Marleau to be moved somewhere for a Dman.
    Boston has Rask in the wings and should know that if they have patience, they'll be rewarded.
    Florida needs a goalie and is looking at Toskala. I don't know what could be moved back, considering I don't know the status of Hannan and Rivet's contract talks at the moment. Probably a Salei or a Van Ryn moved in the other direction along with something else valuable. If Wilson can nab Bouwmeester…..that'd be incredible. They could trade Ehrhoff or Carle for something valuable in return to also stock the shelves. I doubt J-Bo would be moved, though.

  24. Les-Habitants says:

    This rumor is completely BASELESS!!!

    Yes, Marleau would be a great pickup.  Yes, if there was a chance to trade for him, we should explore almost every option.

    But there is NO WAY SJ would trade Marleau unless they were able to pick up a premiere center in return!!  Marleau is  one of the most consistent 70-80pt players in the league, and Montreal would have  to hand over a huge amount in order to get him…and our strenghts, like goaltending, like prospect depths, are not areas where SJ needs help…

    And just to put the nail in the coffin:  The SJ GM, Doug Wilson, has already annouced his plans to sign contract extension for both Marleau and Thorton..so unless SJ picks up Drury in the off-season, Marleau ain't going anywhere…and if we was traded, it'd be for a premiere puck-moving d-man and not Ryder, Halak, Kovalev, or any other forward/draft pick/prospect combination.

    Man, let it go Hab fans….I'd love it, but it ain't gonna happen

  25. Les-Habitants says:

    both Scott Hartnell and Kimmo  Timonen were traded to the Flyers and subsequently signed to 6 year contracts each…

  26. sakurulz says:

    what the hell is wrong with you?
    higgins gtraded for a UFA next yr guy?are you nuts?
    higgins is the best player in mtl…not just for the futur!
    mtl won't give him up…forget it!

  27. senators101 says:

    UH…NO
    Actually, Barinka was drafted by Chicago and never left that team till traded to Ottawa. 

    And to the rest, thats exactly what i'm saying.  Players were moved from one team to another and THEN ANOTHER – constituting a 3 way trade.

    In your proposed trade, SJ is making a trade with Boston.  In an entirely other deal (which has nothing to do with the Boston trade), SJ is making a trade with MTL.  This is not a 3 way deal, this is 2 different trades.

    A 3 way trade is like the Havlat trade – where a TEAM A (chicago) trades with TEAM B (SJ).  And where TEAM A (Chicago) will take the new players and trade them to TEAM C (Ott)

  28. adrianna_habs says:

    I would love it if Gainey would trade for him, but the only problem, he's unrestricted free agent at the end of next year.

  29. ferron says:

        I feel the same way, no way Mtl would even trade Higgins straight up for Marleau, whoes best seasons was around 80 pts(would only get around 40 pts/season if playing in MTL). All you hockeys experts out there that would rather have Marleau over Higgins, than you guys cant be Habs fans. Higgins is MTL best player and will be for a long time and will also have a better carreer than Marleau who never won Shit!

    ps; it's time to give the 'C' to Higgy, an 'A' to Komi !

  30. ferron says:

        Lot of you guys think that we are going to get Marleau, Richard, Lecavalier, Briere all these guys are not and never had any intention to come to MTL, allready timo and Hartnell have been signed by Philly! Once again we will be to late and nobody(UFAs) wants to come play in pressured filled towns like Montreal and Toronto( besides money hungry Russians). What would you do if you had the choice of Edmonton or Florida for the same $? Anyway the only kind of players MTL can pick-up, are GRINDERS(Bonk,Zednik,Jonhson ect..). I think that we don't need anymore fowards, we allready have too many players on are roster and will have to trade these guys who don't deserves to play in MTL or we don't have the space to accomodate them (Kovalev,Dandenault,Murray, Danis, Locke, Cote, Ferland) even without these players on are team, we still have an almost full lineup!

    Latends-Koivu-Ryder
    Kostitsyn-Plek-Higgy
    Begin-Laps-Chipchura
    Lahti-Grabov-Milroy/Kosti/D'Agostini

    Markov-Komi
    Streit-  ?
    Bouillon-O'Byrne/Gorges/Cullimore

    Huet/Halak/Price

    What we need is a good left wing and a great D-man!

  31. Habroller says:

    Price could become better than Luongo as far as I'm concerned…

    …so it's a big NO!

    Your suggestion is WAY too good for Vcr. Are you sure you're a Sens fan?

  32. Habroller says:

    That LW was Hartnell. Darn it!

    I personnally don't mind not signing any UFA this year (at least, I prefer no signing than a "Plan D" signing).

    Emelin will apparently play in Russia for the next 2 years, so we might need to sign or trade for a D…

  33. Tropbovin says:

    You went too far on this one.
    I never say Higgins has to go for Marleau.
    Like most Habs fan, I do not want Higgins, Komi, Markov, Price go.

    But come on dude !
    Your are saying Marleau would post 40 points in MTL. 
    You can't be taken seriously after this.
    Marleau is a very good hockey player, probably comparable to Brière.
    Not a great one, I concede, but a very good one.

  34. habsalicious says:

    I would love to see Thornton in Toronto, it would garantee the Leafs not winning the cup for a few years. Is there any bigger playoff choker than Thornton?

  35. Tropbovin says:

    That argument that big players don't want to play in MTL is bullshit.

    You ask me, I play in the NHL and I have the choice to play for the Panthers, Oilers and Habs.  I choose the Habs way over any team.  Edmonton comes second because of the winning tradition and also because it's in Canada.  Of course, Florida is warm and shit like that.  But I ask you, you are an elite athlete and you have the choice to play in a place were you will be a Fuc**ing God, or in a place were you will be an anymous dude.  And so you pick the warm place.

    Come guys.  We hear this over and over and it's getting sickening.
    Of course, the taxes in Quebec are high, winters are cold, medias are crazy like shit, but it's the Habs !!!

    Théodore accepted less money to play in Montréal (last contract).  So Markov did.  Koivu did.  Dumont would have.  Samsonov did'nt give a shit about the taxes or weather (the fact that he has been bad does'nt destroy my argument).

    We have to stop this – no one wants to play for us – shit.
    I ain't true.
    Most of North American players would be honoured to wear the Bleu Blanc Rouge.  Probably the same thing can be said about the Leafs, who are the most loved ones, but not the winners.  Still, it does'nt change my point.

  36. ferron says:

          Ok tell me who out of these guys are all star players in this league Koivu, Dumont, Samsonov? I said big names not bums like Samsonov, Kovalev, Bonk, Jonhson, Bulis, Zednik. BTW we didn't go and get Markov from another team, he was allready with us! I SAID NO ELITE PLAYER(S) WILL SIGN IN MTL THIS OFF SEASON, i never said we counld't sign 2nd line players( Koivu, Bonk, Sammy, Jonhson) are best aquisition will probably be Lahti! Do you know the difference between AllStar and 2nd line Players? We only have three or four very good players(Komisarek, Higgins, Markov, Plek) playing in MTL right now and if we get better, it's gonna be from within (Locke, Price, Grabovski, Chip, Halak ect ect…) let's just hope that a least one or two of these kids can one day be NHL STARS?

  37. ferron says:

       Do you remember Recchi,Savard, Bellows just to name a few, sure some of these guys where old when arived in MTL but most of them just stop to produce offensively. Marleau and Koivu are the same players, they both never and can't carry a team, they both are 20 goals scorer and they both get around 70-80 pts when healthy, Koivu has a slight advantage when it comes to face off. So tell me now what would Marleau bring to MTL beside a French name? He never won SCAT with San Jose, Marleau was always surounded by better players than Koivu ever was, for GOD sake in is carreer  Koivu has been playing with guys like Bulis, Dionne, Streit, Zednik, Savage, Latendresse ect, i mean come on! Do you realy think Marleau would bring us more than what Koivu is giving us right now?

  38. sakurulz says:

    YES thank you very much…perfectly said!
    except i believe a guy like briere could possibly sign in mtl but wtv we'll c…even if they dont sign anyone, they still alright!

    btw, cullimore has already been bought out…

  39. habsoverserver says:

    I don't disagree. 

    Teams that want great players have to be aggressive and overpay.  It is a risk that could blow up and destroy the team or it could lead to victory.  The Ducks were aggressive enough to get two of the three best defensemen in the NHL through a skillful free agent signing and a trade.  In theory both those players could have gone to any other team, but the Ducks were aggressive and got the job done.  Philadelphia was aggressive in getting Forsberg, and many thought it would be the cornerstone to a Cup run, but it didn't work out so they gutted the team and have already landed two of the better free agents for this offseason.

    Meanwhile, Montreal spins their wheels, discarding used parts (Ribiero, Zednik) and collecting players who will not make a major impact on their team (Johnson, Niniimaa).  None of the free agent signings improve the team.  Nor has management done anything to dispell the notion that Montreal is still in a rebuilding stage and is not a desired destination for free agents. 

    This begs the question – is Gainey competent enough to take a big risk, or should he stick to the useless moves that guarantee mediocrity?  To get a good left wing and a great D-man, montreal would have to give up some of their few decent players and massively overpay. Or they would have to leave huge cap space and hope for a trade of a disgruntled All-Star mid-season. 

  40. Tropbovin says:

    Undoubtedly, Marleau has a better scoring touch than Koivu.  Though I think Saku is exactly in his prime right now, Marleau's one as yet to come.  I don't know him enough to say he would be better than Saku, but I sure know he would make the team's offense look less terrible.  I feel he would be a better fit than Brière or Gomez in MTL.  And, of course, I would prefer Crosby, Lecavalier or Thornton, but ….

  41. habsgod says:

    this  deal would almost be an absolute steal for the habs!!! marleau is the premiere center they are looking for!!!! but i don't think the habs will have to give up as much as everybody thinks!!! as other habs fans and fans of other teams are suggesting!!,here's why i think it won't  s.j. is going to sign drury and that makes marleau expendable in s.j. and the shark would like to and will trade him before he wakes away an unresticted freeagent at the end of next season!!! so s.j. i believe will take sheldon souray and a conditional pick for marleau!! if marleau  resigns with the habs the pick will be a first round pick in the 09 draft!!! s.j . won't ask a king's ransom for  marleau either because then they're stuck with him and won't get anytihng for him and lose him for nothing!! this is why i think you will see this deal happen!!!!

  42. habsgod says:

    this  deal would almost be an absolute steal for the habs!!! marleau is the premiere center they are looking for!!!! but i don't think the habs will have to give up as much as everybody thinks!!! as other habs fans and fans of other teams are suggesting!!,here's why i think it won't  s.j. is going to sign drury and that makes marleau expendable in s.j. and the shark would like to and will trade him before he wakes away an unresticted freeagent at the end of next season!!! so s.j. i believe will take sheldon souray and a conditional pick for marleau!! if marleau  resigns with the habs the pick will be a first round pick in the 09 draft!!! s.j . won't ask a king's ransom for  marleau either because then they're stuck with him and won't get anytihng for him and lose him for nothing!! this is why i think you will see this deal happen!!!!

  43. ferron says:

      Do you think that will ever see another 50 goals scorer in MTL and do you think we should wait for Heatly next year instead of signing a AVERAGE UFA this year?

  44. ferron says:

      Well said, thank you!

  45. ferron says:

      What are you smoking? Higgins and Markov for Marleau and Davison, if Higgins isn't proven than tell me What in the F–k did Marleau prove in is 12 nhl carreer years? But that wasn't enough you had to go and make an ass out of yourself by throwing Markov in the mix, those two guys are better than what the Sharks had to give up for Joe Thorton! Please can somebody prove me wrong and explain to me what did Marleau do in is career that was so spectacular! We don't need another two way center in MTL, whoes best days are behind him, what we need is a STAR not a second plan players! The only reason has a better production than in the past, cause now all eyes are on Thorton's line, that means that Marleau plays against the opposition worsts lines!

  46. jflossin says:

    did anyone think maybe a double 'sign and trade' for Souray?? they're probly worth about the same thing 5-6 mil/yr. montreal would have to throw in something extra like pick/prospect but it is realistic.

  47. CaptainAvery says:

    Finally someone on here that I agree with 100%. Gainey will bring in a proven scorer and these so called "other" fans of the team need to just be patient and let him do what he does best. In Dallas he didn't bring a Cup right away, and no one expects him to "right away" in Montreal either. He had a tough year after the tragedy in his family losing his daughter, so give him and the organization a break, its gonna be a new summer, and a fresh start to the season as well, GO HABS GO!

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