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05-23-2013, 10:39 AM
How about 76 for 25?
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Originally Posted by MXD View Post
If you think Tomas Plekanec is a bona-fide first line center, there's nothing I can do for you.
What does that mean "bonafide"?

Is he of Ryan Getzlaf, Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk quality. Absolutely not. He's a 1b/2A Centre. On teams like us, FLA, COL, NSH, etc. he's a #1. On teams like Boston, Anaheim, Vancouver, etc. he's a #2. So basically for us to be a SC Contender, we would eventually need a #1 C that will outplay him (Galchenyuk in 5-6 years or earlier) and he needs to remain as good as he's been in previous years being a #2 specialist (PK and PP too).

Originally Posted by onemorecup View Post
he is our #1 by default , he is a #2 on contending teams

but in reality he is not a #1 never was and never will be

its like saying Erat was a legit #1 winger in Nashville , by default he was but he cant be that on any good team
He had flashes (Plekanec) when he scored 70 pts (good on at least 10 teams as a #1 C) but ultimately no, not really a #1, more #1B/#2A like I said above.

Originally Posted by onemorecup View Post
# 27 will the #1 center at some time next year
Really? I don't see it, unless he's got 41 in 41.

Originally Posted by MonkeyBusiness View Post
If I'm not mistaken I think we are already a contending team, having an elite first line center isn't a necessity. Especially when you have the kind of depth we have at the center position.
A playoff contending team? Yes. A SC contending team? No.

Originally Posted by bsl View Post
Not so fast. I've said it before. The Habs are getting better, and we will be attractive to UFAs in summer 2014.
We are, but again IDK how many good UFAs we attract in 2014. However, with Gionta, Markov, Bouillon, and hopefully Diaz traded for something of value by then, we should have enough cap space after re-signing Markov to a veteran deal (1-2 years at 2.5-4 million per season) to make a small dip into the UFA pool.

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