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12-04-2008, 11:44 AM
Erik Estrada
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Originally Posted by Miller Time View Post
1a- Komisarek
1b- Koivu (can you imagine if he walks and we fail to sign another 1st line caliber centre )

2- Tanguay

3- Kostopoulos

everybody else walks unless they take a big time pay cut... I don't think Kovalev will re-sign because someone is bound to offer him one last big payday, and I don't think his ego would accept taking the reduced salary Gainey will/SHOULD offer him.

brisebois DEFINITELY does not get another contract

Kost jr- Pleks- Kost
Higgins- Chipchura- Lats
Kosto- Lapierre- Laraque/Stewart
(Maxwell/Pacioretty as first injury call ups)

O'byrne- UFA/Emelin/Carle/Weber


barring a major trade (that brings us in a superstar a la Kovalchuk), or a serious injury, I bet our roster looks pretty much like this on opening day next season
Even if I don't consider him a must-sign, I agree that we should bring back Kostopoulos.

Despite the importance of Koivu's leadership, I would put Tanguay ahead of Koivu simply because of age. We get a guaranteed top-notch winger for a few years.

They're not competing directly against each other because they play different positions (the Habs need both a frontline Cs and Ws), and I think the Habs are looking to negotiate different types of contracts with them.

To put it in a more diplomatic way:

#1 C target: Koivu
#1 W target: Tanguay
# 1 D target: Komisarek

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