Habs' off-season moves (all trades, proposals & free agent talk here) V
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06-14-2013, 08:11 AM
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As we reach the draft and the trade deadline, i see two options going forward for Bergevin.
He either plays it safe stick with the current roster, making only an addition or two, and wait for his prospects to mature and evaluate them properely, or he goes all in, trying to put together a highly competitive team, at all costs.
I believe that he will probably explore the safe path, and i am not very optimistic that bold moves will occur at the offseason. That means we will see more of Desharnais, Diaz and Moen going forward, and the only potential additions i figure are a RW player to replace Ryder and maybe a defensemen with size to add, until Emelin comes back. So it looks like it will, once again be:
ex. Kristo, Dumont?
From the free agent pool there are some canditates for the RW position, but i feel in such poor class they will be highly overpaid. I am talking about the likes of Clarkson, Iginla, Horton, Jagr and Clowe. As for a big D, i really dont see any of the UFA to be, filling this need. We cant also rely that any of the draft picked players will crack the line up at the beginning of next season, so we pretty much will see the same team going forward, UNLESS...
Bergevin becomes bold by being very active at the trade front. Of course an unknown factor this year is the added players to the UFA pool after any potential buyouts from other teams. Its the X factor going forward, because suddenly we can see players like Lecavalier, Briere, Heatley, Havlat, Richards, Malone, all up for grabs...
I predict a long summer ahead, and i recommend we all being patient...
A good overview in broad strokes. Like you said, the UFA market is weak. I see a lot of chronically-injured and aging players putting on their party dresses and trolling for big contracts. I really, REALLY hope Bergevin keeps it in his pants and doesn't jump at them. I know this board loves Clowe, but unless he comes with a time-machine to take him back pre-concussions, he's a major risk. Same with Horton. Too bad. Clarkson would be nice, but the price tag scares the crap out of me.
It's a no-brainer to assume we'll be seeing lots more prospects next season. Kristo, Dumont and Beaulieu will be fun to watch develop. Tinordi will be an important grooming project as he gets more and more minutes. And don't discount the very real possibility of a draft trade-up, as Habs get a higher 1st rounder for their 1st and one of their 2nd round picks. Here's hoping.
But the real x-factor - as it always is - will be the trade machine. Nobody, not a single one of us, ever predicted Eric Cole would be traded in such a fashion (yes, we discussed it, but never expected it). Is that an indicator that no one is safe? Maybe. Bergevin is one of the GMs that other GMs like, so I am 100% sure he's been pickling his liver and bladder with a gazillion drinks and cups of coffee with various GMs around the league, talking, shmoozing, joking around, and discussing the details of getting some bigger players to bolster our emerging lineup.
On the subject of trades, it's interesting to peek into other teams's boards and see who's being dangled and which players are 'out of favour'. St-Louis fans are desperate for a center and would LOVE Plekanec. Players being discussed are Perron, Stewart, draft picks. Stewart would be interesting - RW, size, scoring, youth - but he has a rep for being incredibly streaky. Worth pursuing, but not for Plekanec, IMO.
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