Plekanec Proving His Worth
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12-14-2006, 01:33 AM
P.K. is perfect.
Join Date: Oct 2006
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Plekanec is useful two-way center - and probably our best option at this time as 2nd center - but I doubt he'd be able to keep the same rhythm in the long run. But, ideally, Pleks would see a fair share of icetime on the fourth line, playing with better forwards.
Sorry to bring you all back to the old demons,
but haven't found big-gritty-goal scoaring center we've been looking fo years
. If that kind of guy could come our way in return for Souray (and ++) before the deadline, that would be just fine.
At this point, I think they'll let Souray walk, they'll keep Markov (4.5 M) and Rivet (3M) and if Huet keeps up the good play, Aebischer will leave too and be replaced next season by Halak.
Bonk and Johnson should be kept at 1,5M each, no more.
If Ryder asks for 3M (I'm making this judgement just days, maybe, before he gets on an absolute tear) you let him walk, just like Buffalo let Dumont leave. That would open a spot on the top two lines for either Latendresse, Perezhogin, Kostitsyn or Grabovsky. If, by then, Kostitsyn doesn't show what he's hot in the gut, his Montreal days will be over.
After resigning our guys, we'll be left a few bucks to shop. Same UFA targets as last year: a talented center (Forsberg, Kariya, Gomez...) and a offensive-minded D to replace Souray (like Timonen, Salo or Preissing)
We havent found in years simply because most offensive centers are playmakers, setup guys... maybe we should try to find big/gritty/goal scoring wingers instead...
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