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01-16-2012, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Habsolument90 View Post
If there is no firesale, does this make sense? Let's say the salary doesn't go up. One of Markov and Gomer have to go to re-sign the core.

Rene Bourque ($3.333m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
Max Pacioretty ($1.625m) / David Desharnais ($0.850m) / Erik Cole ($4.500m)
Travis Moen ($2.500m) / Lars Eller ($2.500m) / Andrei Kostitsyn ($4.500m)
Brandon Prust ($1.000m) / Petteri Nokelainen ($0.550m) / Ryan White ($0.625m)
Mike Blunden ($0.615m)

Josh Gorges ($3.900m) / P.K. Subban ($3.500m)
Alexei Emelin ($1.500m) / Raphael Diaz ($0.900m)
Jim Vandermeer ($1.000m) / Tomas Kaberle ($4.250m)
Andrei Markov ($5.750m) / Yannick Weber ($0.850m)

Peter Budaj ($1.150m) / Carey Price ($5.500m)

SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,039,133; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $260,867
Markov is just an untradable asset at this point. While he's injured, he's untradable. If he comes back on top of his game, we have to keep him (he is that good). If he comes back and doesn't play good, nobody will take him.

Gomez will be extremely hard to move as well, and the only way we'll get rid of him (beside buying him out or sending him to the AHL) is by including picks in a trade, kind of self-defeating when you want to rebuild.

As for Prust and Vandermeer, no thanks. I understand that some people are craving for tough guys, but those two are not the solution. What we need is grit in the top-6.

I can't see Moen making it past the trade deadline. It would be a mistake to hang on to him. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan. I wish we could keep him. But we won't be competitive for the rest of the year and he's the kind of player that could fetch a very good return.

I've always been a big fan of Kostitsyn. He was the first draft pick of the Habs at the time I started watching and I've always felt "attached" to him in a way. I do hope we keep him. He has impressed me this season. He's really stepping his physical game up and he's a treat to watch. If we are to sign him to a 4.5m contract though, I hope it isn't for too long (3-4 years). I think he's the kind of player you want to keep though. Good for 20-25 goals, 40-50 points every year... Great depth. You can't underestimate that.

I also think that Leblanc will be ready for a roster spot next year. I can't see us retaining Noke. All he is is a stop gap because the other options didn't work out (namely Engqvist).

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