I would have liked Konopka for that price, he's good at faceoffs, puts in a lot of effort and is by all accounts a great teammate, but this really isn't that big of a deal. He'd be an extra forward on the Habs while on a bad team he gets to be a 4th liner. Plus the Habs really don't need any more guys who take a ton of penalties.
I hope we will can add a bit of toughness on the cheap, but goons weren't the reason Boston was one of the best teams in the league at scoring on 5 on 5s last season. The type of toughness a strong forward like Erik Cole brings is much more important than fighters.
I wouldn't mind bringing Mara back though for instance.
Speaking of getting some toughness, Shane O'Brien has yet to sign anywhere. Rumours were that Habs had an offer into him. He is really what we need on our blueline. If we sign him, I definitely think we can trade Spacek since there are teams needing blueline depth and need his cap hit.
I wonder what the hell is taking O'Brien so long to sign with a team. He must have offers.
They also arent shy about playing their young guys... Dougie Hamilton?
I know Montreal is a bit more conservative when it comes to this, but really IMHO I hope it costs a lot for them to fix the issue lol
If they manage to pry one of the big guys away from the Predators (Suter/Weber), I won't be pleased.
Not that I have an inside info about the Predators. I don't think Nashville will give up on either willingly and by all accounts they both enjoy it there, but the Bruins do have the assets to pull off something like that for similar players.
edit: lol, I guess I can't complain about the Bruins trading for Corvo when I was thinking of the above mentioned players.