I'd bring him back for another year. He's cheap, he's a good teammate, good on the PK, and is one of the few guys on this team willing to go to the front of the net. He's also a guy who accepts his role and won't be a negative influence if he ends up a scratch on a regular basis.
You guys are all way off base. He does everything Moen does except fight, and he's cheaper. He's exactly the kind of veteran presence you want and need on the team, and he'll cost next to nothing. It's clear to me that you trade Moen and keep Darche. If Gauthier is smart, he'll do just this.
Doubt he gets traded as that would mean there is a market for him, and he's a dime a dozen type player. He's in his final year with the Habs and will likely either sign with someone else for a year or take on an executive position with the Habs.
"CS is one of my favorite people on this entire site." - ColePens
Who's gonna replace him? He can eat minutes and keep the status quo out there for a few short shifts while the big guys recover. I feel like if the past five years have taught us anything, it's that those bottom six spots are not for offensive forwards.
You can't just play "the young guns" like D'Agostini in those spots. They get a few minutes a game with crappy linemates and predictably they don't score, and then their confidence and energy falters, and they bust. Playing there did NOTHING for Pacioretty, Latendresse, D'Agostini, Sergei Kostitsyn, etc. They need top six in Montreal or top six in Hamilton. In the meantime, re-sign Darche. I don't want Gallagher playing fourth line wing.
I get embarrassed seeing him suck up to the referees and players he hits. Pretty much apologizes to opposing players after the whistle and goes to the refs "well you know I didn't really mean to hit him, keep up the good work, ref."