I'm curious to hear some thoughts on acquiring Radek Bonk in the off-season. If Nedved's price becomes too high, would trading for Bonk from Ottawa be a reasonable solution? I believe he is under contract for $3.5 million next season and he has been good for around 20-25 goals and 60 points in his career. His value in Ottawa is likely at an all-time low due to his fairly poor playoff performance and a lot of Ottawa fans are howling for Spezza to claim the top center job. With a new coach next season, that may possibly be what happens. I'm somewhat indifferent as I don't know very much about Bonk's play - I do know that he is another Czech player though. At first glance, he might be too much of a playmaker and not gritty enough to really help our lineup out. What does everyone else think? If you believe he'd be a good fit, what would you be willing to give up?
I really don't know. I've always liked Bonk, even back when he was a thoroughly unimpressive rookie... probably because I liked saying his name... BONK! BONK!
But I digress...
While I think Nedved would be a better fit for the team, assuming he plays like he means it, simply because he has more offensive flair than Bonk, Radek could be interesting. He's certainly a big guy. He doesn't play as physically as I'm sure MacT would like, but I think we already have far too many MacT players on this team -- the fetish with grit and defensive play over skill is why we missed the playoffs.
I think that if Nedved falls through, Bonk may be our best option. Not because he's the best guy on the market, but because he's the best we'll be able to afford, both in terms of trading chips and in terms of contract weight.
I have no idea what I'd be willing to give up, but Ottawa would most likely want size and toughness in return, so I'd be willing to package Laraque. I have no idea what we'd have to add, though.
We certainly could've used him this year on the powerplay, but I'd still rather have Nedved if we're going to be paying a center that much. At least we know what he can bring without Alfredson, Hossa, and Havlat on his wings.
::EDIT:: Alright, I read that as 5.5 million the first time. 3.5 is definately more around our price range, but only if we can't sign Nedved would I make a trade for Bonk.
side note, the more I watch of the CAL series, the more I'd rather have Conroy than Nedved. Seems to be a much better fit, to me.
Will Conroy help out our powerplay? I don't think so.. he strikes me as a more talented Horcoff type player. Really good work ethic, pretty decent skills but not enough finish or talent to be a great player. I also don't think there is any way that Conroy will be joining our team. Calgary will likely be able to match whatever we offer Conroy on the free agent market (unless signing Iginla completely kills them..) and it seems to me that Conroy is enjoying his time in Calgary so far. Conroy might be more of a "Mac-T type player" but I still don't feel he'd help us more than Nedved..