Another thing to keep in mind: in a year where Gainey parted with more than half the team, he did however extend a contract offer to Kovalev. Why would Gainey completely ignore his captain but extend a 2-yr offer to a so-called "cancer"?
If we're going to blame Kovalev for something, it should be because he could have altered the future had he signed that contract. My guess is that things would have unfolded quite differently and we could have averted that disaster of a rebuild.
That was three years ago. Before his days with Ottawa and Pittsburgh. And his awful season in the KHL. He's finished. I'd rather have Huet for 750 k.
If it can take off media pressure/attention on our 1st round player, Price & Subban... Why not? At worst, he could do the same thing that Pat Brisebois did when he came back & help younger players on training hard. This guy wouldn't come for the salary...
I would give him a 1mil 1 year deal with a KHL out clause. It will help our PP, and If its doesn't work out no harm done. Ppl were saying Sykora was done as well but he has been a pleasant surprise for the devils this season.
Cut down a dry aged hanging salami from any market anywhere in the world, tell people that it's a hockey player who wants to play in Montreal, and half the people will be in favour of signing it to a contract.
Since when were Eller and Plekanec soft? Because they weren't born in North America?
They are soft players yes. Leblanc has 4 hits less than Eller with 42 games. Eller, 79. You know why they are soft? Because it's not their role on the ice to run people over. They are defensive centers with a slight offensive touch, that's it.