Thread: Confirmed with Link: Habs re-sign Budaj for two years @ 1.4M AAV
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04-10-2013, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by HiggsBozon View Post

Trade Gionta to NJ for a 2nd
Re-sign Ryder to a 3 years, 5M/per deal
Sign David Clarkson to a 4 years, 4.5M/per deal.
Sign some depth, big d-man la Mark Fistric to a 1 year, 1.5M/per deal

Pacioretty - Galchenyuk - Gallagher
Bourque - Plekanec - Ryder
Desharnais - Eller - Clarkson
Moen - Dumont - Prust

Markov - Emelin
Gorges - Subban
Bouillon/Fistric - Diaz


Defense still not ideal, but at some point either Beaulieu or Tinordi I expect will be ready to play solid minutes and omrpove it.
Clarkson at 4.5M/year is the highest I'd go for him. If you can't get him, go after Clowe for cheaper. If you still can't sign this guy, try and get a decent sized winger who can play with some physicality.
One shall not sign Ryder for a three year contract especially at 5M$ per. He's already so slow he's just going to get slower with age. To me it's either

1yr/4.5M$ per
or 2yrs 4.00M$ per (I'm already very hesitant to give him such a deal)

We've got prospects who can do his job much better than him with Hudon, Collberg and Kristo. Sure they'll need time to get similar pts production as good as Ryder's (maybe not for Kristo), but after what we've just experienced with Erik Cole I don't see why we should be repeating the same mistake

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