besides, they were willing to pay vinnie that contract,
why not give the sky for kovo
oh ya, we have gomez
so you don`t know we did or didn`t... but you choose to think we didn`t?
why not give the sky for kovy vs vinny? Cuz vinny will be here for many years, and Kovy probably won`t give then fact he rejected a 10mil per year contract. Even if he was willing to take 9 to 10 mil, how the heck do we fit him into our salary structure? Trade Gomez? Who plays 2nd line? Maxim Lapierre?
This early deal does have interesting Habs implications, however. Should the Habs choose to put Plekanec on the market, he's suddenly the best available scorer out there -- and while he's not the equal of Kovalchuk he's also not as one-dimensional.
But then again the Habs probably want to keep him.