wonder if Chicago would bite on something of this nature:
2013 2nd (highest of 3 we own)
Chicago gets a top-9 winger familiar to the organization (which improves their W depth & makes it easier to use sharp/kane at centre), a PP specialis bottom-3 dman & a solid pick in a reportedly deep draft & they free up an extra 1M$ in cap space.
Habs get a solid fit for their top-4D, a top-9 winger with national team ties to our #1C (hopefully Pleks can be a mentor of sorts for the talented but inconsistent Frolik), and a steady physical bottom-3 defender (albeit fresh off of concussion issues).
if Frolik isn't able to secure that top-9 role out of camp, he starts in hamilton, Noke bumps to the 4th line and Moen/Prust bump to the top-9.
Not ideal, still lacking offensive depth up front, but defense is very solid (if Markov stays healthy, that top-6 can match just about any team in the league imo) & if Eller/Leblanc (and/or any of Palushaj/Geoffrion/Gallagher) can provide a solid jump in production, we should have enough scoring-by-committee while leaning heavily on our D/goaltending to compete with everyone.
Try it on the main board and see for yourself. Get ready for some trolling though. eh.
with Gauthier in the Hawks ranks I can't see them turning it down... heck they might even throw in a "disapointing" prospect like Pirri while they're at it
seriously though, if they strike out on Doan, Bourque makes a lot of sense for them up front, and the downgrade of Hammer to Kaberle might just be worth ridding those other 2 contracts from their books while adding a pick.
I'd throw in another depth prospect (palushaj/geoffrion), or maybe even consider adding another 2nd rd pick to it to make it happen. Hjalmarsson would be a great fit, and with Seabrook/Keit/Oduya and Olsen ready for bigger minutes, he's probably expendable for them... just a matter of wether or not we can offer up the right return.
Bourque is a winger and gomez is a center buddy....lets also try and play the players in there prefered position this year.....that means gomez should not be on the team and bourque is a question mark for me ...in cant decide if he should get another chance
I think gionta is a good leader but hes small ( smaller players dont age too well ...except for st louis lol), injured his biceps ( he had a great shot...well se if its still as quick) and the fact is imo that hes not a fit for pleks...
Cole is definetly the captain if gionta is out cmon man be realistic....btw i like gorges alot its just that cole is the hardest worker , hes a vet, he on the scoreboard ....the list goes on and on
Gorges works has hard has Cole, if not more, he's a vet, he leads the league with 243 blocks shots, which is like 50 blocks shots more than the second player, he lead the team with a +14 ...
And btw I'm a huge Cole fan, but I just think Gorges deserved it way more, and I don't want the captaincy be remove from Gionta .