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What would your final moves be?
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08-15-2011, 11:00 AM
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I was just thinking, considering that training camp is a month away (exactly) why not sign Madden and Erskine both to one year deals at $1,000,000.00 each? That would leave us with 4.14 million dollars of cap space going into the season (as per NHLNUMBERS.com).
Cammalleri - Plekanec - Cole
Pacioretty - Gomez - Gionta
Kostitsyn - Eller - Desharnais
White - Madden - Moen
Markov - Gorges
Gill - Subban
Erskine - Emelin
Assuming Spacek is healthy, I don't think Erskine is necessary as Spacek is the better defenseman. They were about the same on the ice but Spacek had to face the tougher opposition. I'm confident with of Weber's ability to step into the bottom pairing and Emelin being at least a bottom-pairing guy who can play either side. If the Habs were to make a move for a defenseman I would hope it would be a top-4 guy.
Madden would be a nice guy to have though. Won't hurt you defensively on the 4th line and such. Pisani, if he isn't planning on retiring, wouldn't be a bad guy for that 12th/13th forward role either.
I guess I may as well chime in on what I'd do. Realistically (no major moves) all I want is for Gauthier to sign Pisani (or Madden... or another reliable defensive 4th-line forward) to a 1-year $750,000 deal to fill out the forwards and then go with what the Habs have. I do have a wrinkle on the lineup for the forward though:
Keep Plekanec in his tough-minutes role against the opposition best which he's done well with for the past few years. Cole played that same role in Carolina and Kostitsyn has done just fine at both ends with that type of play.
The Gomez line would be used in a manner similar (though not as extreme) as the Sedins in Vancouver. A lot of offensive zone-faceoffs in order to have ample opportunity to get scoring chances and shots on goal. With Cammalleri and Gionta having great shots it could work out well. Cammalleri's shot-rate took a dip on the Plekanec line last season but if you give him easier minutes with more offensive opportunities he should re-find his counting stat form. Pumping up Gomez' counting stats (beyond what he will probably get from an on-ice shooting % regression toward the mean) could make him a more valuable trade asset next off-season.
Moen on the 3rd line to help insulate Eller's increased (again) defensive responsibilities... ideally you want Eller ready to replace Gomez for 2012-13 so you can have room to improve the team elsewhere.
The Desharnais line continues to dominate 4th-lines laden with goons. As weird as it sounds, the Habs had an elite 4th line once Desharnais settled in last season and I love the idea of having that for a full season.
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