What would koivu waive is NTC for ??

Just like the leafs, it has been well speculated that the habs should try to get rid of their captain. But with his NTC, where would koivu could possibly accept to go ?? This is pure speculations based on nothing but logic, but it would make great sense to me that only 2 teams could be where koivu would like to pursue his career. Those 2 teams are the wild and sharks. Obviously, these are 2 good teams and possibly contenders but i guess that koivu would waive his claude only to go find his pal Rivet or his brother Miko. Would these teams have something good to offer in return ?? sure they would.

Starting with San jose. Everybody knows that San Jose is dealing with the issue that Ron Wilson and Marleau dont get along so if you can possibly send them Koivu + Halak and a young prospect puck moving dman like subban, tehn you could have a deal. halak would allow Nabokov to rest a bit and go from 75 games played to about 60-65. koivu would be a great 2nd line center for them and subban is a major blueliner prospect where the sharks are lacking.

As for the wild, a deal involving koivu would not give us the big centerman that we have been chanting for these past few years. But on the other hand we could try to go for a very good player such as Bouchard and a prospect to go with it like maybe Kalus and/or a draft pick.

As a habs fan, i have to admitt that koivu`s leadership and consistency have been questionable and that a move would probably make the team better. As for me, i think that a move with San Jose would make more sense especially if we include a young Dman like subban or fisher.

7 Responses to What would koivu waive is NTC for ??

  1. ferron says:

      We can't afford to trade Koivu right now if another center doesn't come our way. Since there isn't any big name center on this summer UFAs list besides Sakic and Sundin and I doubt that either one will sign with Montreal it would be a mistake to trade Koivu who isn't a our first line center but still captain and leader, besides we sure as hell don't need Wingers and/or defensemen and we know our goalie situation, What we need is a Center, period!!!!

      Koivu only cost us 4.750 000 mil/year, and will become UFA the same year as Kovalev and Komisarek, that same year Higgins, A, Kostitsyn and Plekanec are RFA so if we are going to sign someone it will be to a short term cause as soon as next year guys like Komo, Higgy, Plek and Kostitsyn won't be cheap anymore.

       So maybe try to sign a veteran center for 2 years, and trade our UFAs before the deadline so we could get something for them unlike Souray last year! Even if we make the playoffs "I" think that we can still afford to trade Huet, Ryder and Smolinski by the deadline, even if Smolinski has a NTC, I'm sure he would wave it after sitting for most the season.

       This is our line up next season after UFAs leaves and predicting we resign Streit and Lapierre, doesn't make much of a dent in the line-up but we would have lots of cash leftover!

    cap space available right now=     3.748 000
    Brisebois contract cap hit      =      1.400 000
    Huet's cap hit                     =       2.875 000
    Ryder's cap hit                    =       2.950 000
    Smolinski's cap hit               =       2.000 000

                                         TOTAL=  12. 973 000 millions of free cap space

      Hopefully Gainey will be able to unload maybe one of those too Begin, Dandenault , Kostopoulos , with Lapierre , Chipchura and Streit we don't need that many 3/4th liners. This is the line up without our soon to be UFAs, assuming we only keep Streit.

        ?     -Laps-Kostitsyn
    Begin- Kostopoulos- Dandenault


       We could also trade another defenseman since guys like Valentenko, Subban, Yemelin, Weber, Carle and Fisher will be ready to jump up and letting go of our UFAs before the deadline would leave us in an exelent position comes Draft day and the day the UFAs market opens!

    Huet, Dandeault= somewhere for 1st rounder

    Ryder and maybe Smolinski if waves is NTC = somewhere for a 1st rounder

      Imagine  getting 2 more first rounders for guys who won't have a spot in our line-up comes next season!

  2. ferron says:

      Did anybody saw Kostitsyn goal against the Caps!!! Unreal! It would be nice to see him back on the line with Higgins and Plek. Since he(A. Kostitsyn AKA . "SPECIAL K") is a natural right winger same with his brother. Ryder should be on the left as he shout right and has played on the left a few times.

    Higgins- Plekanec-A.Kostitsyn
    Begin- Chipchura-Kostopoulos  (Checking Line)

      This would give us 3 offensive lines and that first line would be pretty fast if you ask me!

  3. yarfangor says:

    I like the idea to trade for 1st round picks, because honestly the ppl that are up for grabs are unreal. Stamkos, Doughty, Schenn, D.Toews, Boychuk, Beach, the list goes on. If we got stamkos we would be set, thats like having a staal on our team or even dare i say it, a malkin.

  4. ferron says:

      Could we use Perezhogin in a trade, I heard he was doing pretty good, just to make a deal more appealing ?

  5. ferron says:

      Didn't Doughty get drafted last year? But like you said the more picks the better! And this draft still looks unreal.

  6. Habs_pm says:

    Koivu doesn't look or play the same this year. He seems distracted.

    This year Kovalev has put the team on his back. He should be wearing the "C". Koivu is great and has been through alot in Montreal.

    I can see Gainey trading him and then bringing him back when he is a UFA.

    He won't be traded, especially if Montreal is in a good position to make the playoffs.

    Gainey and Gilette love Koivu, It wouldn't happen unless they are getting a Top prospect in return and they are out of playoff contention.

  7. THEGREATHAB says:

    If the habs are wining,  why trade anybody?  I am a big Koivu fan, and he is the face of the team right now.  If you trade him,  this could upset the current team.  I say we give Saku whatever he wants.  I want to show some loyalty to players,  if he tells the Habs he wants a trade, then accomodate him,  if not let him finish what he has started in Montreal.  I beleive Saku wants to win a cup in Montreal,  so lets let him be part of that,  I think he has earned it.

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