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04-19-2013, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bsl View Post
You are correct. Forward next year looks...decent. We have Chucky and Gally, possibly Kristo makes the team, you never know, and Dumont, my future favorite Hab, might stick. Add a tough son of a ***** on the fourth to help Prust. Maybe re sign Ryder, but not likely. Should be good until deadline. Go for the sniper at the deadline if we are top 6 in conference.

D? Not so good. This is where I agree with you. Markov will need to drop to no. 4-5 next year, PP specialist and depth. Tinordi needs another half year in AHL, same with Beaulieu. Ellis not ready I think, if ever. We will be short a top 4.

We need a top 4 cruncher, and we need to pay big for it. I will have no probs with this, as we are entering cup window, and we need more depth on D.

This summer is the time for Bergy to go big time for a big tough top 4 D man, no question.
The Habs won't struggle under the cap this summer, unlike several teams with lots of defensive depth. From the sounds of it, Chicago fans have been quite unimpressed with Seabrook this year. Apparently he's been outperformed by Hjalmarsson, thus making Hjalmarsson a no-trade and Seabrook a possibility (to the fans at least). His contract is 5.8mil until 2016-2017. He's big, tough, offensively reliable, 27yrs old. He is one of the best defenceman in the league but, perhaps not this year from the sounds of things. What would it take to get him? Chicago needs a cheap #2 Center, likely a cheap defenceman in return and perhaps bottom 6 wingers. What can be made around the following? Is there interest for Montreal giving up real assets?

Desharnais (1mil retained) + Emelin/Diaz + xxx


Eller + Diaz/Emelin + xxx


Plekanec + xxx

On a slightly more realistic note, Boston will also need to make moves to stay be under the cap. Any interest in Jordan Caron? Tainted goods and Boston will likely try and retain him. What would we be willing to pay? He's big, could play 4th line if needed, projects to be 3rd line ~20+20.

Kyle Beach is another RFA from CHI. Very poor attitude, scored 52 goals in the WHL, tough enough. His stock has dropped considerably but may benefit from a change of scenery.

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