Cant believe some of the replies here. He'd almost instantly make our team better. He would be the 2nd best center in the organization without a doubt. The problem is he's not a UFA after this year. Other then that, he would be the perfect rental. Even at that age, he's still a good player.
I'll triple this post. He played well vs mtl last night and he would be an incredible pick up. His skill level is top notch and would still be worth the salary next year....even w his injury probs. This guy has Kovalev-like savvy and skill.
Even if mtl isn't a serious threat in the playoffs, I believe Niew' would make us one.
The way mtl is playing now....w real effort (did you see Zed's play vs florida for eg.) and w top notch goaltending..... I for one believe they have an excellent chance to make the finals....as long as the goaltending holds up! (But another d man w experience wld be a big help!!).