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12-22-2008, 01:51 PM
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There is a very good chance that next year, this team is gonna look vastly different due to cap costs and call ups.

You never know what could happen. Right now, if we signed absolutely nobody (and lost RFAs), this is what our team looks like:

Andrei Kostitsyn - Maxim Lapierre - Sergei Kostitsyn
Georges Laraque - Ben Maxwell - BLANK
BLANK - BLANK - BLANK
BLANK - BLANK BLANK

Andrei Markov - Roman Hamrlik
Josh Gorges - Ryan O'Byrne
BLANK - BLANK

Carey Price
Yaroslav Halak

Lets add the RFAs:

Andrei Kostitsyn - Tomas Plekanec - Matt D'Agostini
Chris Higgins - Maxim Lapierre - Sergei Kostitsyn
Guillaume Latendresse - Kyle Chipchura - BLANK
BLANK - Ben Maxwell - Georges Laraque

Defence is the same.

While adding Maxwell is just a filler, and I doubt he'd crack the team even if we had two open Center spots, it does let you see that letting go all UFAs, Montreal is going to need:

- Top 6 Center (UFAs: Koivu, Lang)
- Top 9 Right Winger (UFAs: Tanguay, Kovalev, Kostopolous?)
- Fourth Line Left Winger (UFAs: Begin)
- Fourth Line Right Winger (UFAs: Kostopolous)
- Top 4 D-man (UFAs: Komisarek)
- Bottom 2 D-Man (UFAs: Dandenault, Brisebois, Bouillon)

Our AHLers look to be Kyle Chipchura, Ben Maxwell, Ryan White, Yannick Weber, PK Subban, Max Pacioretty (if he is ready), Greg Stewart and a potential 18 year old First Round Pick. So its up to Gainey to either fill the blanks in with guys we already have (or might lose to free agency) or use our wealth of prospects.

With the money we'll have to spend on keeping Koivu, Komisarek, Kovalev, Tanguay, Lang, etc. do you really want to give more than a million to Kostopolous or Begin?

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12-22-2008, 02:33 PM
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12-22-2008, 04:00 PM
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No rush on those guys, IMHO.
Bingo.

No need to rush this at all. Let's see what happens the rest of the year, especially the later part of the season. I am not sure either of those guys can play this well for the whole season and (hopefully) a long post-season run. Begin has a history of injuries and if you remember last year, Kosto hit a wall in Feb/March and needed a few games in the pressbox to re-energize himself.

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12-22-2008, 04:02 PM
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Bof, I'd take Stewart instead of them... I like what they bring, but that's exactly what Chipchura and Stewart will bring... and Stewart is a better fighter.

I'd worry more about the top 6 forwards, right now...

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12-22-2008, 05:20 PM
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Bof, I'd take Stewart instead of them... I like what they bring, but that's exactly what Chipchura and Stewart will bring... and Stewart is a better fighter.

I'd worry more about the top 6 forwards, right now...

well i wood take stewart AND beginn nd kostopuloss lol id rather hav a team full off beginn then a team full off kovaleff lol the habs shood re sing avery1 butt kovaleff nd maybe lang dis summer the team wood look lik dis lol

tangay-koivu-dagosstini
a kostyn-pleckaneck-s kostyn
latendress-lapierr-kostopuloss
stewart-beginn-gorge larrack

if lang re sing wiff the habs then u putt him on the 3rd line nd u putt lapierr on the 4th line lol butt kovoleff shood go

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12-22-2008, 05:51 PM
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We have to keep TK. Give Begin a 1 year $800k contract and if he refuses, he can go and **** himself.

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12-22-2008, 07:40 PM
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well i wood take stewart AND beginn nd kostopuloss lol id rather hav a team full off beginn then a team full off kovaleff lol the habs shood re sing avery1 butt kovaleff nd maybe lang dis summer the team wood look lik dis lol

tangay-koivu-dagosstini
a kostyn-pleckaneck-s kostyn
latendress-lapierr-kostopuloss
stewart-beginn-gorge larrack

if lang re sing wiff the habs then u putt him on the 3rd line nd u putt lapierr on the 4th line lol butt kovoleff shood go
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I'm all for it until Begin gets a 4 minute penalty at a key point in a key game late in the season or in the playoffs.

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Bof, I'd take Stewart instead of them... I like what they bring, but that's exactly what Chipchura and Stewart will bring... and Stewart is a better fighter.

I'd worry more about the top 6 forwards, right now...
Have to agree here.... Stewart can do the same job for cheaper. There is really no room for Begin/Kosto/Dandy. My opinion now would be to let Kovalev and Lang go and make Boullion a 7th dman.

Only forwards that make sense to the long term would be either Kovalchuk ,Gaborik or Horton and on D I would try add Leopold for the short term or Hamhuis/Burns for the longer term

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12-22-2008, 09:22 PM
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Begin will literally put his face on the line when blocking a shot to help his team...this guy is all heart. But he also has to keep his aggression in check, he's taken some really timely penalties that cost this team big Wins...so i'm undecided on him.

Kosto, yes please.

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