Thread: Attracting UFAs
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03-04-2012, 09:28 PM
Kjell Dahlin
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Short terms, this team will need to overpay.


The following is a repost:

1. We were successful at attracting UFAs when Carbonneau was giving breathing room to our offensive players: in 2007-08 the Canadiens were the 2nd best offence in the league and in 2008-09 they ranked 12th.

After suffocating under Martin the players now have to tolerate "goonish", simplistic dump and chase hockey from a coach who seems to have no clue. Kostitsyn was misused, Plekanec is always playing with different wingers (often 3rd, 4th liners or AHLers), Gomez keeps receiving more PP time than Eller and, lately, Plekanec...

2. Taxes are not a problem; what's the difference between Quebec and Ontario or the British-Colombia? 1%? 2%? Factor in the cost of living and the efficiency of today's accountants and I doubt it is a factor.

3. The lack of leadership showed by the top brass is worrisome and, short terms, it will force our Habs to overpay... but luckily for us, we are chatting about one of the wealthiest organization - with room for manoeuvre from a cap perspective - in the NHL. An organisation/city that was recently voted, despite our problems, "favourite rink to play in" and 5th for "team would you most like to play on" by the NHL players. ref.:

  • New coach in 2012-13 (Roy, Vincent...)
  • New GM in 2012-13 (Timmins, Julien Brisebois, Jim Nill, Roy…)
  • Overpayment during the next 1-2 year(s)
  • Stability

Long story short (!): if a guy like Parise decides to test the market, chances are he would sign with us if we offer him 1-2 M$ more per year than anyone else. It is not ideal and long terms it would not be a viable situation but we have a good mix of vets (Gionta, Cole, Gorges...) and young players, the Canadiens are among the leaders in terms of man-games lost due to injury, there is plenty of room under the cap and Cunneyworth carried the interim tag since day 1 => there is hope.

PS imo Plekanec is part of the solution.

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