Why wouldn't you? I'm talking stricly from a hockey point of view here. Aside from the fight, Armstrong is a better hockey player than Parros.
Parros hit a little bit more, but Armstrong is a better player defensively and has batter offensive awarness. Still, he isn't at 4th liner on a contender. Rather have Parros has a 13th foward as a "policeman".
I'd have no problem with a 1 year deal. Jagr, Penner, Prospal, Boyes, Mueller, Brunner, Latendresse, Antropov... if it's for 1 year and you've got the cap space, who cares? Worse that can happen is that they're scratched or waived.
I wish this was like 4-5 years ago. Him and Plekanec always clicked. At 41...the corse of 82 games? Will his body hold? HE's in good shape but....that means 60ish games and PO if .... I say **** it, come Jagr!
If they have room/want to add a winger with size Chris Stewart is probably available. Blues' are tight to the cap and have yet to sign Pietrangelo who is going to command at least 5.5m. Maybe they move Perron to make room for Stewart, but Perron is signed and the Blues just today committed 5.1m in salary to Roy/Lapierre that you would think they could've signed Stewart with. Pure speculation on my part, but if Stewart is available he should be a target that won't cost roster players because Blues' won't be taking salary back.
He's a right winger. He didn't have a great playoffs. I think that's due to the Bruins system, though he was still helpful. He fills a position we need, he's skilled and he has the best experience. He has great chemistry with Pleks.
That said, I don't think he'll sign here, as per usual. Though we did manage with Briere, who I thought was just using us so he could get a better contract.
Don't you want the Habs to recover from their ignominious playoff defeat? A one-year contract to Jagr wouldn't hurt and could serve as a bridge. A longer one could interfere with the development of some of the prospects,