it's time for the big minute, big moment players to get bigger and nastier or this team is going to continue to fight uphill battles in the playoffs. starting with Saku. god bless him he's great, I think it's time to part ways.
although I would look to dump Plekanec first. at least Saku plays hard and does more little things on the ice.
Im pretty sure he'll sign a long term deal a la Alfredsson. He wont get Alfredsson's money for sure, but in the same structure. Something like 4m, 4m, 3m, 2m for the next 4 years. That would only be 3.25m on the cap and he can retire after the 3rd year if he has nothing left in the tank by then.
On RIS Koivu was only saying it has to be a two way agreement that works for both parties, re: if he was coming back and the UFA situation in general. Being a little coy and cautious. Was so happy to hear this out of him on CBC. He's gone through hell in this city and he's still commited to us despite some best efforts out there. Only caught the tail end on TSN, winning a Cup with Price??
Obviously he shouldn't be the #1 guy relied upon to drive the offense. But you'd be crazy to not want this warrior on your team, he could thrive as a second line C. And there is no reason he can't fill that role here. He is so far from being the or a problem.
If he comes back it better be at a discount.
And not too play on the first line
Maybe not, ideally, but he looked awfully good out there when paired with Kovalev and Tanguay.
Our season only got cooked when Markov and Schneider went down and Tanguay re-aggravated his injury.
Even with Lang and Bouillon out, we were getting it together and it still was looking fine. Folks forget we had scored 11 points out of 12 and had a game in hand that could have put us in 6th place, one point out of 4th.
If he returns and if he's still the #1, we are in deep trouble. Even with better linemates, people need to freakin realize that as much as he's a god, he's aging. You can't have a #1 centerman who can't play more than 20 minutes.
People need to freakin understand that it can't be solely on performance but on opportunity. Clearly I would keep Koivu and dump Plekanec. But who wants Plekanec and at what Price. Great news about Plekanec is that he's in no place to ask for a big contract. Same thing for Higgins. Still, people see how Plekanec conducts himself in the playoffs.
But then there is the Habs factor.....the factor that makes players bad here and once they leave they become much better. This can probably be taken into consideration. And especially the Ryder factor, the one awful season that is automatically transformed into a reborn season immediately after.