Time to move on!!

I don’t know about the rest of you fans, but I think it is time to forget about Vinny and time to look elsewhere. As much as he would have been nice to have and may have helped attract other UFA’s, Philly has just pushed his price even higher after over paying for a 34 year old Pronger.
I think that trade may have put a lot of potential trades on hold. The only thing possibly working in Gainey’s favour would be that at least one of the owners in Tampa wants to spend to the cap floor. Which owner will get his way?


Like it or not, Gainey will have to attempt to sign his own UFA’s before they hit the market and then find another trade partner while attempting to sign other UFA’s. As much as Mtl took a big step back last season, they still have some decent players. It may be better to sign some role players with sold leadership and grit. Beauchemain, Laperriere and Ossi Vaananen would add some size, experience and grit and would be an upgrade over Dandenault, Brisbois, and Boullion. They wouldn’t cost too much either. Then to make a point and change the chemistry in the room, they could trade the Kostitsyn’s, or trade Plekanec and Higgins and sign Antropov to play between the Kostitsyn’s. As long as Antropov lowers his salary expectations.

Let’s say that Mtl re-signs Tanguay, Kovalev, and Komisarek.
Let Brisbois, Boullion, Kotsopolous, Dandenault, Schneider, Koivu, and Lang go.
Sign Antropov, Vaananen, Beachemain and Laperriere.
Trade Plekanec and a 2nd round pick for Jokinen
Trade Metropolit, O’Byrne and Chipchura to Edm for Schremp and a 2nd round pick. Schremp may do better in a new environment. He may do well between the Kostitsyn’s

This would assume that Kovalev takes a lower salary and Tanguay either accepts the same or lower as well. Kovalev may, Tanguay probably not!

It might be worth while to Invite Kyle McLaren to camp on a try out if no one signs him. He is big and mean and might work well on the 3rd pair! He would probably come cheap since he played in the minors last season.

Now the team looks like this;

Tanguay Jokinen Kovalev
AK Antopov SK
Laperriere Higgins D’Agostino
Latendresse Lapierre Stewart/Laraque

Markov Komisarek
Beachemain Gorges
Hamrlik Vaananen
Weber


6 Responses to Time to move on!!

  1. bleedingblu says:

    I would bet money that Gainey will not sign all three Tanguay, Kovalev, and Komisarek. Knowing Gainey he will sign Kovalev to Captain the team. Komisarek will do like Souray and Striet and move on for more money.

    To think Gainey could sign 4 UFA's and make 2 big trades is waaayyy far fetched. I don't think any GM could pull this off in the new NHL.

    wishful thinking I guess….

  2. THENOTORIOUS says:

     Lecavalier will never play in Montreal for a few reasons, one of them being the price asked, if Chris Pronger cost that much, how much would Lecavalier cost? Probably something in the lines of Subban, Pacioretty, Higgins and 3 first rounder! not worth it, it would hurt the habs more than it would help them, anyway that's what "I" think.

     
     

  3. cam7777 says:

    So Koivu and Tanguay will not recieve offers prior to July 1st, which pretty much means they are gone.  I am sure that Minnesota will make a pitch for Koivu, and failing that, I see the Ducks being heavily interested.  Tanguay too, could be enticing to a number of teams – Colorado, Vancouver, Minnesota, LA, Nashville, the Islanders (Tanguay feeding Tavares could be sick).  These two are probably gone…

    So Gainey better hope that Komisarek and Kovalev actually sign the extensions he's offered them, or he has one of the most pathetic looking rosters ever heading into free agency. 

    I just read on Sportsnet that he is in talks with 5 different teams for a number one center.  Who can we assume they are?  My guess is:

    San Jose – Marleau
    Calgary – Jokinen
    Nashville – Arnott
    Philadelphia – Briere
    Dallas – B.Richards
    Buffalo – Derek Roy
    Boston – Patrice Bergeron (possibly Kessel)

  4. kilter says:

    even if vinny wanted to come to montreal,i hope and pray they never pick him,his contract is rediculus,7.5 million for 11 yrs,,thats *****ed,hes not even worth close to that,put that *****ing sive Price and Latendresse together  in a deal to bring someone in that way your getting rid of two junk players and adding a good one.

  5. rc21pa says:

    I'm not trying to be rude or anything but I have to ask.  Why would the Canadians want to resign Kovalev after the crap he cause last season just before the trade deadline. Then of all things possibly make him captain.  Do you guys have the forgiveness of a saint?  Personally I'm amazed that Monteal isn't demanding to kick him out.  But that's me.

    Yes I'm a Pens fan and have fond memories of Kovy and yes I would love to see him in a Pens uniform again but that's not why I'm asking. 

    I followed the story last year and really don't know how it changed for there being no way the Canadians where going to resign him to extending a offer after all.  It almost seems like they are begging to be destroyed from the inside out.  Then to concider giving a C to Kovy after one season of causing such chaos in the locker room.  Hell if I was a Habs fan I would be getting the pitch forks and torches ready if they resigned him.

    Hey regardless if they do resign Kovy and you guys take it on the chin my hats are off to you all. 

  6. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Antropov would be good for Montreal because of toughness. He can be a great net presence for the Habs! Which is why he was so important for NYR and Toronto

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