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04-30-2011, 08:31 PM
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I think the Habs should focus on getting a forward who fits these criteria:
1. Not small
2. Not slow
3. good two-way player
4. can play on a top line if needed

Here's my short list:
Brooks Laich, 27 -- current salary 2.067m, will make between 4-4.5
Joel Ward, 29 -- current salary 1.5M, will make between 2.5-3.5
Curtis Glencross, 27 -- '' " 1.2M, " " " 2.2-3.2
Eric Cole, 31 -- " " 2.9M, " " " 4-4.5

There are other players that i like such as Ryan Jones, Mike Knuble, etc., but these first four guys are my favorites.

I'd like to keep AK, Gorges, Markov, Weber, Wiz and Gill, and let go of Pouliot, Hamrlik, Sopel, Mara, Picard, Halpern.

Between Pyatt, Desharnais, Darche and White, maybe a couple will get squeezed out if everybody enters the season healthy.

I could picture something like this:

Moen-Eller-J. Ward



I'd prefer Spacek not being on the team but it's a hard contract to get rid of. If he has to be in the lineup, I'd rather see him with the best guy, to hide him in a sense. By not being exposed on the PP or PK, he'll only play like 17-18 mins a game. I'd have Gorges and Gill matched up against the other team's top line each game, another way to hide Spacek or Weber if he ever replaces him. Markov will get his minutes by playing a lot of special teams minutes.

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