what do you guys think? Kovalev and Forsberg could be one hell of a duo
Exactly...so what good does this do for Montreal? We lose a talented centerman (apparently) and gain another winger...a winger who hasn't shown that he's able to produce consistently on his own. No thanks.
I'd probably pull the trigger. Gagne is a great 2 way forward...Even if he wouldn't score 50 goals, he'd be at least in the 35-40 range. People discredit him because he played with Forsberg...but if you've seen the guy play before Forsberg arrived it's clear that's he's a great player (recording 1 30+ goal season and 3 20 goal seasons, with average linemates). I think the 5 year deal indicates that the flyers are looking to build around him though, so I don't see why they'd trade him...Then again the Thorton trade was a little out of the blue.
I like Gagne as a player too, but his contract would throw our salary structure off balance.
Right now our spending looks roughly like 24M/14M/5M (counting Bouillon) and theres pressure it becomes more like 22M/18M/4M next summer. Part the save of it will come from Aebischer getting moved, ok, but the big shave has to come from the forward group.
Sure we can drop Bonk and Johnson off the books (which is difficult as they are important parts of the team), but they still need to be substituted and some of our RFA (Higgins, Plekanec, Ryder). Adding Gagne and some +750k in long term contract makes all that more complicated.
Right now we have to take care of our own...UFA, other RFA signings, etc... : Souray, Markov*, Rivet, Aebischer*...and give a 2 year contract to Johnson...
We have got to sign Souray (2 or 3 years).
Sign Rivet...(also great for Koivu ).
Sign either Aebischer or Markov. One of them will possibly be involved in a trade (especially if Carey Price will be goalie 1B next year, and he sure as heck can...).
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Just for fun ...How about Markov and 2nd rounder for Gagne & a 3rd rounder?