Kovalev, Tanguay and Koivu..what if you could only choose 2?
I REALLY hope that we can re-sign all 3 players.
But let's just say that we can only sign 2. Who do you guys pick?
For me it's a very tough decision.
Kovalev is the most talented player we've had in a long time and pretty much can decide the flow of the game if he wants to. Every single time he touches the puck something can happen. That's the beauty of having Kovy on our side.
Tanguay is the youngest of the 3 and has been pretty impressive so far. Great playmaker that can make others around him better. I expect 80 points from him this season.
Koivu..captain K. Playoff warrior and is all heart and soul. I can't picture him playing for any other team.
I really don't want to lose any of them.
But what if you HAD to pick only 2?
I have to think about it, but I will come back with my answer. Too damn hard lol
If Bob wants to keep all 3 of them there are other possibilities to lose some salary. Bob will do whatever he can to keep the best team possible for next year. Also we are a winning team so the guys might take discounts to stay on board(that and they can also make some money on the side with advertising, etc that they probably wont in most markets)
Lang, Breezer, Dandy, Bouillon and maybe Kosto are all bye bye
Lang may stay, depending on the salary he wants. If he asks for $3M for 1-year, I could see him staying.
Dandenault, Bouillon and Begin are likely gone. Brisebois, depending on the 1,000 games will be a maybe. There won't be really anyone fighting for his spot as the #7. Kosto will be re-signed because we have the room.
This is what we have right now;
Andrei - Plekanec - Sergei
Higgins - Chipchura - Latendresse
D'Agostini - Maxwell - Pacioretty
Stewart - Lapierre - Laraque
Markov - Gorges
Hamrlik - O'Byrne
Weber - Carle
What if they all are willing to play for less to play for a winner, just like Hossa in Detroit.
I can certainly see Koivu doing it, Kovalev and Tanguay have a bit of baggage in this league and may be happier to stay in a comfortable fit.
Koivu and Tanguay are the keepers if we have to choose, based soley on Koivu's heart and Tanguay age. Kovalev is still one of the premier talents in the league so he'll command a big salary and unfortunately we won't be able to keep him and the others
Though question. If I had to pick between the three now regardless of age and contract status I'd go with Koivu and Kovy. If only for the fact that Tanguay, although he's done very well so far, has only been a hab for 10 games and 10 games isn't enough to tell, especially considering they are early season games.
If I HAD to make a decision now however. I would go with Kovalev and Tanguay. Reason is right now I think Kovy is the mvp of this team (albeit shortly followed by Saku). He has better size, skills and shot. My only concern is the void it would leave at the center position.
Tanguay is a no-brainer if you consider age because he's a decade younger than the other two. I'm just not convinced that he has the leadership abilities that Kovy and Koivu have. That's something that can't be tought. Although I'm contradicting myself a bit because it's simply too early to tell in his case.
you can fit all three under the cap if you can get them for 17 million combined
thats 6m for kovy
6m for tang
5m for koivu
Yup. But at this point it would depend on Kovalev. If he has another season like last year (and so far so good) he's going to have offers in the 7-8 mil range for 1 to 2 yrs with a no-trade. Just look at the numbers + the fact that he's used on the PK + the fact that he's media friendly etc now.
The guy could end up being one of the most wanted UFAs next year.
IF he wants to stay in Mtl at a discount your plan works. If he tests the open market he's gone.