Any rumours on what Minnesota was trying to offer him instead?
I'd take him on the Habs at $2-2.5M for a 1-year try, which means I'd also have qualified him, I'm not sure how much less the Wild are thinking he should get?
They offered him a 1-yr deal for less than the $2.5 million (not sure how much) he would have gotten had he received a qualifying offer, with bonuses that would have brought the total $$ earned up to the $2.5 million if he stayed healthy this season.
Pretty sure he chooses Montreal now that a new management is in place (if he actually gets an offer).
He was a star here and will still be a star if he comes back. That means a lot of money from sponsorship and publicities. Plus, his girlfriend is having a singing career in Quebec, so she can't follow him outside of the province.
He can join the Flames with a similar deal that Blake Comeau just signed - I would be fine with that! Stick those 2 guys with Stajan on the 3rd line and that should hopefully lead to a gritty line with some scoring potential.