I could see us bringing him in to play on the 4th line with Kostopoulos and Begin. Wouldn't mind it at all, he's a tough, smart hockey player, and can be put out there late in games when we are trying to protect and is great in the circle as well.
I think the Habs are past overpaying for marginalized players. Didn't Gainey stress the need to continue building the team on a speed/skating concept? Holik alone defeats that purpose.
And previous 3rd line centers like Bonk and Smolinski. They were burners.
Holik is a good insurance policy, is all I'm saying. He's a 3rd line center that's got experience in higher roles (in case of injury). It's not like we have a top 6 center waiting in the wings to call up if Plekanec went down for an extended period. He'd be a great mentor for Chipchura, and he helps in the grit department as well.
Who's talking about overpaying, anyway? He would make like $3M. We need a center, and there aren't many available. I'm not too thrilled about going into the season with Plekanec-Koivu-Chipchura-Lapierre.
The bargains on the UFA market don't often seem to be the ones coming down from a higher salary to a lower one. I wouldn't mind having Holik, but at a cost that's pretty dramatically lower than what he has been used to getting. Like, say, $1.5Mish. Clearly he's not going to take that. And that's fine by me.