Why Jay-Bo, I say go cheap
I know Jay Bowmeester is a very very good and complete D-man. But for teams interested, he is going to cost an arm and a leg. You are looking at a 1st round pick, a high end prospect, and a decent roster player. So if the Habs are interested it would cost them a 1st, someone like Pacioretty or Maxwell, and a Higgins or S.Kostitsyn. That is a high price to pay for a guy who could walk at the end of the season. Montreal also has to sign Komisarek long term and he will cost cost between 4-5 million per. To sign Bowmeester long term will cost over 6 million per, and with Markov, Hamrlik, soon to be Komisarek making over 5 million, The habs can’t afford Bowmeester long term.
Here is a list of D-man that I’m sure could be had at a good price
Garnet Exelby – 1.400 000 a year
Radek Martinek – 1.500 000 a year
Kurt Sauer – 1.750 000 a year
James Vandermeer – 2.300 000 a year
Greg DeVries – 2.500 000 a year
Brent Sopel – 2.333 333 a year
Ruslan Salei – 3.025 000 a year
Out of all of those guys, the one that I would make a deal for is Exelby. He’s a good, tough stay at home guy. I think he could be had quite cheap, maybe something like this
To Montreal for
O’Byrne, Trotter, 3rd round pick
What do you think Habs fans ???