I too wish Arnott or Elias or langebrunner would have signed with us. Sure I would have paid more for Savard than BTN did. Although it may seem like Gainet has failed to convinced big names to come to MTL, I must point out that the UFA signing period is far from over.
Shanahan who was sought after by Houle in his Hartford days has already expressed excitement about playing in Montreal (albeit before he ever joined the Wings).
Samsonov is a top talent who has played in Canada and who's playmaking abilities would complement Kovalev's "I'm gonna make a move and shoot" mentality. And he's another russian forward.
Recchi finally has his 2nd stanley cup. Montreal is past its dark days. He has chemistry and friendship with Koivu. Maybe he can be coaxed back.
A hungry hungry Roenick is dying to play around here.
Peca wants to come back to the east.
We can sign a D (danny markov?) to create an abundance of D and trade one (sheldon souray?) for a forward.
One name that is not mentionned that I'm bringing up is Steve Rucchin. Big, two way center. If we can get rid of Bonk, he could be good on a two-way third line.
But what the Habs need is scoring. Rucchin would probably score more than Bonk did last season, I'm sure (for that matter I'd be surprised if Bonk didn't) but he's not a top 6 forward and that, really, is the pressing need.