Andrei Kostitsyn - Saku Koivu - Corey Perry
Christopher Higgins - Tomas Plekanec - Alex Kovalev
Guillaume Latendresse - Kyle Chipchura - Sergei Kostitsyn
Steve Begin - Maxim Lapierre - Tom Kostopoulos
Mikhail Grabovski, Gregory Stewart
Andrei Markov - Mike Komisarek
Roman Hamrlik - Nolan Pratt
Josh Gorges - Ryan O'Byrne
Give Perry around 5.1 per/5 years. That would cost us 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick, that should all be late picks. He would give us a skilled and physical RW we are missing, that would compliment Koivu nicely.
Pratt would be quite cheap and would add size to our D and it would give us time for our young D to develop, as I do not see O'Byrne a #4 defenceman at this time.
gainey wont sign any top 6 D IMO. O'Byrne should get a full time spot, and Gorges has played himself into a full time role. Bouillon is the weakest link but I think gainey will just ride franky until his contract expires and at that point, you would figure that one of our young D-men within the system (ie valentenko) can step in. The D is set.
I think adding another skilled centre with size can give montreal 3 very dynamic and balanced lines. Mats Sundin fits the bill.
other than that, I think the habs can use a 2 way winger with size and character... a guy who can play on one of the top 3 lines and is playoff tested and proven. I'm still deciding on who that guy might be... ideally, he would serve as a "bridge" player for pacioretty.
#2 priority: a top-4-capable veteran d-man... Mattias Norstrom actually would have been on my radar here. Orpik, Jason Smith, Brad Stuart are pretty good names to consider, although I have to think maybe Orpik and Stuart would be looking at money and term that kind of pushes them past the boundaries of what I'd be looking at.
Things we don't need:
- a veteran backup NHL goalie (no Josephs or Lalimes or Kolzigs svp)... but we may need an AHL guy at the level just below these guys, depending on the Danis situation
- any of the softer middling offensive types (Brunette, Huselius, guys like that, no thanks)
- any depthier 4th liners or 7th d-men types... we have Begin/Lap/Kost/Dandy, and if we sign a #4-ish defenseman, then O'Byrne is actually our #7. So we're okay there. We may wish to add some AHL-calibre options at D if Biron/Degon types aren't back.
gainey wont sign any top 6 D IMO. O'Byrne should get a full time spot, and Gorges has played himself into a full time role. Bouillon is the weakest link but I think gainey will just ride franky until his contract expires and at that point, you would figure that one of our young D-men within the system (ie valentenko) can step in. The D is set....
Defensemen/Goalie : Norstrom/Smith/Orpik. The first two will give us a very experienced and solid stay at home 2nd pairing with the Hammer + would add leadership while Orpik is just a badass and i love his style of play (despite him being dirty once in a while)