He wins lots of faceoff. Key point to it is Kovy and samso would be in control of the puck right away instead of chasing the puck after losing the faceoff. Plek has not win most of the face off and I think it's one of the reason the line has not been has good has the Koivu one, that won most of the faceoff.
Plekanec was struggling in his first game, but hes been much better since then ... already at 50% combined. There goes your argument. We dont need faceoff specialist ... Koivu and Begin are doing great job and Bonk is also winning his share with Pleks.
I like Perreault. He's fairly innocuous at worst, and if he'd take the league minimum of $450k, well then, we do have an extra roster spot just sitting open (at least until Bouillon comes back, for now).
On the other hand, as long as we've got a healthy team and we're fresh off a camp where Kostitsyn looked good (his AHL start hasn't had time to completely poison our minds yet) and we seem to have plenty of options... well... really why bother? Isn't the same deal going to be available a month from now if our other options are all evapourating and our injuries are mounting?
There's no harm in Perreault, he's a decent player who should be playing somewhere. But I don't really see a desperate need for him. I would neither rejoice nor riot if the Habs signed him.
No way! Why do we need to sign him? We have Pleks doing a decent job on the second line and he is learning, we also have Bonk, Begin centering the 3rd and 4th lines and Johnson who is capable at center. All of these guys including Bonk are better than Perreault (not at face-offs mind you). No need to bring on another useless center. This is not Nashville, his performance there means nothing, it does not mean he will perform like that here.
I just don't get it, we have a decent team now and kids like Kostitsyn ready for NHL duties that we don't need any more dead wood. We didn't even need Samsonov.
What harm does having a bonafide #1 faceoff man who can kill penalties and is overall sound defensively have at a salary of $500,000?
Perreault proved last year he can still put up numbers on a line with some talent as well so sticking in-between Sammy and Kovy and moving Pleks down to center Perez and Johnson would improve the team IMO. Pleks has been struggling faceoff wise and we need another strong faceoff man so that Koivu doesn't get burnt out having to come on the ice to play to take the last 5-10 minutes worth of important faceoffs in close games (which the habs seem to be playing lately)
If Perrault falters, oh well, $500,000 decently spent.
I say sign him