Could Plekanec be the one on the way out ?
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07-14-2012, 11:56 PM
Join Date: Apr 2007
just saw this thread and was wondering.......Why would we want to get rid of Plekanec?
Centers currently available....
Both Desharnais and Eller are young and still need improvement...
Eller - I know last year he filled that role but I don't see Eller as a shutdown center....he kind of reminds me of a less skilled Saku Koivu....good for assists and pots in a goal (or 4) here and there. He's going to need time to develop too.
Desharnais - he's had success with Pacciorretti in the AHL and it seems as though it carried over to the NHL. Though having one good year doesn't cement him into the #1 center position. He thrived because he has two big skilled wingers who were able to bring it to the net. The book is still out on him. Let's see how he does with a second full season.
Gomez - There's no way of getting rid of his contract unless he is sent down to the AHL or bought out. Buying him out doesn't make sense because the cap hit without him just isn't worth it to bear. Sending him down is unlikely as I'm sure Molson doesn't want to be spending $5.5 million (around what he's getting paid this year) for a player playing in the AHL (he doesn't have NY Ranger money to just throw it away). At the end of the day - money aside - Gomez makes for a really good 3rd-4th line center.
Galchenyuk - Skilled and young, will become a top 1-2 line Center....over time! It might not be worth it to rush him into the lineup. Especially since he's coming off of a pretty serious knee injury. For his development it would be wise to have him play another year in the OHL or wherever he's eligible to play. For his moral, it'll probably be disappointing to him if he doesn't make the club - which can either set him back or encourage him to work harder for next year. Although at the end of the day it all depends on how his training camp works out.
Plekanec - skilled two way center. Has proven he can shutdown teams top lines. Playing with skilled wingers he can put up points as well. Most teams would love to have him (and at his salary too).
With Desharnais currently centering the #1 line with Cole and Paciorretti, Gomez possibly centering the #4 line, Galchenyuk possibly returning to the OHL, and Eller in either 2nd or 3rd line duties, the center position hasn't had this much depth in years (and Nokeleinan as an extra) and it would be foolish to try and trade him for a winger (especially if we can sign one via UFA or allow one of the younger players to try to prove they belong in the NHL ex: Gallagher, Palushaj, etc...).
He can be the shutdown center that we lacked last year (he's very effective in that role...as long as he's told that that's what is wanted of him - just look at what made the habs successful in the year we made it to the conference finals). And if Eller or Desharnais don't work out on the top 2 lines he can be bumped back up.
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