Gorges has already been demonstrably effective come playoff time in 2010 and he was noticeably missed in 2011. I'm not prepared to write him off based on a poorer than average past season. Just as I'm not ready to anoint Emelin a top-4 d-man come playoff time.
Who do you propose they go after? Morrow is in worse shape than Iginla. Clowe is a terrible fit for this team and has been regressing badly for a few years. Horton has concussion problems and has massive contract demands and Clarkson will get stupid money. Who is out there that can effectively improve the size of our top 9. I dont like it any more than you do, but there just isn't anyone out there to fix the problem.
I don't agree......a big winger (practically a heavyweight when he drop the gloves), a natural leader, a character guy able to protect the little guys.
Okay, he is not what he used to be but still....could be more than useful to a small teams like tha Habs.
Some would say that he's often injured, but Newsflash, try to find a intense, physical, fighting guy who always stays healthy!!
99 hits last season in 40 games, none of our forward, including Prust, got more than 87 hits. With the Rangers: 8 pts in 12 games.
He got character
Can fight, Can score, Can lead, Can hit.
And we probably wouldn't need to overpay him like Horton for example!
This free agent pool is relatively weak but as people have said, teams like the Canucks and Flyers are in trouble with the cap. We could always try to take advantage of that and try and grab a player or two from a trade for less than we'd normally have to give.
I'd be willing to get him, but he wouldn't be able to be counted on as a top 3 player. He has a tendancy to disappear for long periods of time. He would help bring this team a part of what we're missing. Don't count on him coming here though.
If Gorges wasn't a top 4 guy he wouldn't be playing 20+ minutes facing tough opposition with good +- numbers. I'm not a big fan of the +- stat but when you face top lines and end up in the + on poor(2011-12 Habs) teams you HAVE to be doing a lot right. Gorges shouldn't be a #2 but he is very solid as a #3-4 guy. He's as good as what teams in the Final 4 had on their 2nd pair.
Diaz, because of his injury, he had very good production early and a few rougher patches late, but overall his production was solidly in the top 4 calibre of play.
I agree we could use a #2 guy but those guys don't grow on trees and are hard to acquire. One possible solution is Markov taking another step forward in his recovery from all the injuries. I think he can be better than he was last year, plus a longer season with more off days will only help him physically.
Gorges played in our top pairing that year because we didn't have much better. We were still a bottom dweller even if he did good (with Subban). I do agree however that he can be a second pairing dman, only if he's paired with someone who can outmuscle the opponent and win battles against the forecheck, for 20 min. +. Same thing with Markov and Diaz. Only Emelin can be decent at that. That's the main issue in our defense.
Max Pacioretty ($4.500m) /David Desharnais ($3.500m) /Brendan Gallagher ($0.870m)
Rene Bourque ($3.333m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
Small and weak first two lines. We would be lucky to make the playoffs with a full 82 game season.
I agree, but we're not going to fix that problem overnight. I think Clowe and Coburn go a long way towards making the Habs tougher to play against, but longer term I would be looking for upgrades on Desharnais and Gionta.