-He doesn't rely on Crosby to score. His scoring without Crosby has been equal to or greater over the past few years.
-He is an excellent PK'r and responsible defensively, probably why Therrien likes him
-The sticking point for us resigning him is he wants 4 years in term, and it's rumored 4-5 mil in cap. If he were going for 3 x 2, or even 3 x 3 we'd give it to him in a heartbeat
This is his retirement contract, he made squat the past few years, and this is his chance to cash in.
Sensible post...he will be looking to hit the jackpot and likely get it. But being 34, Montreal can do better than give a guy who will soon be a declining asset a 4 year contract between 4-5 million per.
Bergevin is going to offer him 1yr 800k two way contract
Somebody probably made a ''Bergevin low ball'' joke already, I don't care. More seriously he could be a useful player. I'd rather have Dupuis on the team than Ryder, far better when you want to win games.
Originally Posted by Monctonscout
That pretty much summarizes what the intelligent habs fanbase thinks.
At around 3 mil he is a good fit, at around 4, I don't see it. Maybe 3.5 if you really like him. Anything more than 4 years 14 mil is ridiculous.
Well said. He's a support player, he needs to be paid as such. He won't score as much without Crosby/Malkin but he's still going to be a good defensive player that can play on the top6 without looking like a tool. He would fit well with our ''three dangerous line'' philosophy, just don't play him on the powerplay.
Dupuis sucks without Malkin and Crosby centering this piece of garbage.
I probably watched the Pens only slightly less than the Habs over the last few years, and Dupuis has truly developed into a nice well-rounded winger. Maybe not the natural talent to play on a top 6, but on a third line? He'd be perfect. Great speed, great work ethic, can give you anywhere from 15 to 20 goals a year and around 40 points and one of the best two-way player in the league.
Dupuis, on a relatively short term contract (3 years at most) and under 3,5M/year would be a great deal for the Habs. Does he fit our needs? I don't know. I'd certainly prefer Clarkson so that we'd fill our hole in our top 6 while also bringing grit tot he team, but Dupuis is a fairly decent back-up plan.
Why don't we just go after Horton? I mean, I am not sure he would sign here but he is only 28.
Horton would become a female cat the moment he'd put on a Habs jersey. He was soft in Florida, he only plays the tough guy game on the Bruins because he's surrounded by other big neanderthals. He won't feel so tough with Desharnais and Gionta flanking him.
That, and he's going to ask for the moon which isn't worth it since I expect him to play like Benoit Pouliot here.