1 - Sundin and Rozsival (We'd have to trade Bouillon)
2- Hossa and Fedorov
3- Morrison and Campbell (We'd have to trade Bouillon)
I tend to think Rozsival would be an important acquisition, almost as important as Sundin. He would complete the top 4 pairings with Hammer. He's a Czech like Hammer and is a right shot. This would make the Habs top 4, one of the best in the league.
If we can't sign Sundin, we would have to push real hard for Rozsival. Our offense was already the best in the league without Tanguay. Having Rozsival on the top4 would mean we could pair Gorges and Oburn together and have a really big D.. 6'0, 6'4, 6'2, 6'2, 6'1, 6'5.... youch and the top4 would all be good transition Ds except for Komi, which would help the offense furthermore.
Guys I want, since I'm already at the lowering of my expectations mode (I might have some 3rd and 4th liners as well even though those lines seems pretty stacked already, but they are still guys I would love on my team)
Let me try to be imaginative, meaning names that weren't mentioned too much (Yeah I know......it may be a little too much...)
- Jason Williams (Any love???)
- Miettinen (Finish friend to play with Saku if we can't have Selanne)
- Reasoner (another centerman...)
- Rolston (Had to put him here 'cause I really want him)
- Pandolfo (Much more useful than the Holik of this world...)
- Jeff Finger - D-man Colorado (I was really impressed by his overall game in some games I've seen this year)
- Dupuis (I'm still a fan)
- Markus Naslund (I still believe he has some years left in him. Needs the Habs system to revigorate himself....)
My projects (4th liners) (It will also depends on who stays and how leaves that are on the Dogs roster, 'cause if those guys can't make it to the Habs, they are obviously going down. So bare with me, you can't say that those guys will not make the Dogs a much better team at the very least....)
- Weller (At the very least he'd be a serious checker for the Dogs, though for the few times I saw him, while no speedster, I obviously liked his toughness for the Coyotes.)
- Rissmiller ( I always liked him for obscure reasons....)
- Ryan Johnson (Would prefer to see him centering the 4th line)
- Michael Ryan (don't ask me why, there's no names guys like that that I liked since the day they were drafted and still do even though they're not doing anything.....)
- Matt Murley (Am I building a team or what.....for the Dogs I mean....)
One prediction out of left field (don't worry it's all in my head, it's not a well-informed source and not even Eklund, it's actually E-0...)....Habs will go get...........Dany Roussin. UFA from LA that was drafted by our scout in Q, Michel Boucher when he was working with LA.....just to please him 'cause we didn't select nobody this year.... Roussin will eventually end up in Hamilton.
Other than Sundin and Hossa, there's no one I'm really interested in. Maybe put out some feelers to see if Hossa wants to sign here but if not, keep pushing for Sundin. If we don't get either, it's too bad but I'm still confident in the group we have now. This is basically last year's team that finished 1st overall, minus Streit and plus Tanguay.
Many other UFA's will as well. Not so much waiting for Sundin, but the big UFA's on the market are going to take their time and wait for the best deal. If Hossa signs with anyone before July 15th, with Sundin and Campbell still on the market, I'll buy a hat and eat it.
Three of the top teams gunning for Sundin (Montreal, Detroit and New York) are also on Hossa's wishlist. If Sundin retires, stays in Toronto or signs with say, New York, Montreal and Detroit will go straight after Hossa. That's how it works. It's a trickle down effect, and with Sundin the biggest player, people will wait for him to make a decision before the others make theirs.
I think Bob will pursue Hossa as plan B and Jagr as plan C and if it FAIL then he will keep the status quo. Personally i wanted Rolston but apparently he want to stay in the States and with his rights being traded to Tampa and all i think that we should forget him.
Sundin knows that if he wants to play with a good team, he have to make up his mind before 1st july, IMO either he already have a deal with another team under the table or he wants to sign with the leafs. Anyway, come 1st july, Gainey knows how hard it is to sign free agent, he will prolly try to sign someone else.
Sundin knows that if he wants to play with a good team, he have to make up his mind before 1st july, IMO either he already have a deal with another team under the table or he wants to sign with the leafs. Anyway, come 1st july, Gainey knows how hard it is to sign free agent, he will prolly try to sign Hossa.
And then we need a 3rd centerman... Fedorov, Rolston or Holik.
Originally Posted by TheDamned
Detroit is a better team than Montreal.
And my brain is bigger than yours
Do you actually realize that for a guy getting old as Sundin is, and who played 17 years in this league, travelling a lot makes a difference and that is the main reason Sundin wants to stay in the East because the travel schedules are much lighter. That is one the reasons he probably checked out NY. So saying Detroit is better than Montreal doesn't discount Montreal as a good team and a potential destination.
Originally Posted by TheDamned
He might sign a very good Dman like he did last year, which changed the dynamic of this team and made it top of the conference.
What a parrot. Can I call you Colton?
Last edited by Beakermania*: 06-30-2008 at 04:24 PM.
While it's great to dream of the possible outcome of the Sundin sweepstakes, I think we may be able to look at a couple of other scenarios (at least for discussion purposes)
I would still like to shore up our D. I personally like JM Liles as a replacement for Streit. It would give us a point man on the PP and much better defensively than Streit.
I also like the Oprik or J Smith options as ways to strengthen ourselves defensively (especially for the playoffs).
If the Philly series taught us anything, it should have highlighted that we need to get a little stronger on the 3rd and 4th line. Rolston is an ideal candidate, especially given that Tanguay has been added to the top 6. It gives us some flexibility on the 2nd and 3rd lines.
Some other names to keep in mind: Andre Roy, Andrew Brunette, Brenndan Morrison (as an alternative to Rolston - not ideal but a consideration nonetheless), Ryan Malone (although I think he's going to get over-paid if he leaves Pitts).
Demitra and Naslund are also available, but I'm skeptical about both.
An alternative to Roy would be Aaron Asham (still a favorite of mine)
Patrick Lalime, anyone??? as a mentor for Price if Halak is moved.
Demitra and Naslund at 3.5 per would make a nice third line