Kovalev >>> Avstin, Blunden, Engqvist, Staubitz, Geoffrion and Nokelainen.
Kovalev << < Leblanc, Moen, White, Darche and Dumont.
Palushaj? I don't know. He had his chances and showed us... irregularities. Given an offensive role and enough confidence, he may surprise us. Near the crease... does he have a "killer" instinct?
So... he (Kovalev) should not expect more than 1M/1year. Ideally, from a Canadiens' perspective, he would accept an invite.
Btw... the posters with in mind should think of how good Plekanec and Jagr would have look in 2011-12; a lot of people linked to 12-13 months ago. In 2011-12 Plekanec mostly played with decent 3rd or 4th line wingers: Bourque, Moen, Darche... I wish for a better solution than Kovalev but the list of "must improve upfront" (Avstin, Blunden, Engqvist, Staubitz, Geoffrion and Nokelainen) is so freakin' long that I sure am willing to give him a chance.
One thing is sure: the guy does not shy away from the Montreal fan passion; he (contrary to Higgins, Spacek, Martin Lapointe...) feeds from it.
Long story short: the priority is to revamp our D squad. We also need a top 3 lines winger and a #4C. If we are successful on the D front, Kovalev would be a nice plan D or Z upfront. Signing a good #4C (White does not have a high hockey IQ while Dumont sucks in the face-offs circle) should not be a problem if you are willing (Montreal is top3 in the league in terms of wealth) to overpay by 0,5M$/year.
PS Gomez? I prefer to pretend (until Bergevin copes with him… hopefully) he does not exist.
What were two of our major problems last year? PP and SO, Kovalev is an expert at both. I don't see how an invite to camp could hurt. If he excels, great, if he is to old/slow no problem. Don't need to sign him.