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10-19-2008, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Shabutie View Post
With the UFAs + RFAs that we have to re-sign, it would be damn near impossible to sign all 3 of Koivu, Kovalev and Tanguay. So (hypothetically), if these two wouldn't take a huge hometown discount who between these two do you believe that Gainey will re-sign?
Originally Posted by Shabutie View Post
Unless both of these guys take a huge pay cut, we won't be able to retain them both.

Someone should try to come up with a scenario where we could sign both of these guys AND Higgins, Plekanec, Komisarek, Koivu, Chipchura, Latendresse... Cuz from my calculations it is very much impossible. Not to mention we have to give ourselves a little breathing room to sign Price in the season after.
Originally Posted by Shabutie View Post
TheDamned said "Koivu is gone" so yes he was speaking about Koivu being moved in favor of Kovalev or Tanguay...

Obviously this wouldn't happen.
Originally Posted by Shabutie View Post
So they would let Koivu walk to sign Kovalev and Tanguay.

Do you think that Gainey would honestly let Koivu walk in favor of one of these two other guys?
If you want to do the right poll , than you have to add both Koivu and Lang in the equation , and wait few months before doing it .

Right now we don't have any clue about the contribution these 4 players are going to have , if Kovalev is going to repeat his last season performance , if Koivu after 15-20 games is going to disappear like he did last year , if Tanguay is going to produce with regularity and what kind of hockey Lang will give once Higgins will come back .

Other factors are to considere ;

The kind of contract the players will want to get ; just for the exemple , let says that Koivu wants to resign for 3-4 years but Kovalev is willing to sign for 1-2 seasons , who Gainey will choose you think ?

If Lang is having a good season or that Maxwell shows a very good progression in the AHL , Gainey would have more cards in his hands .

Who are the free agents on the market next season ? ( isn't Bouchard a UFA or did he resign a new contract with the Wilds , i am not sure )

Anyway , you seem to be 100 % sure that Gainey couln't prefer Kovalev or Tanguay over Koivu , i just don't see why .

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