He's just being realistic. I think he'll stay. Provided we have enough cash to keep Markov, Rivet and Souray. If we could only sign two, I would pick Souray and Markov. If you asked me which one of the three I would sign first? Andrei Markov.
I did not think what he said was all that bad nor was it untrue. Markov is the most important player to the Canadiens I was aware of this last year as Montreal struggled heavily without Markov in the line-up.
Souray also had a lot of positives to say about this organization, and I just feel he has the same mind set at Brodeur (his very close friend and business partner). Brodeur took less to stay with NJ so that the Devils could be competitive.
"I do know that if I take care of what's happening on the ice, I'd be in a better position to say: 'Bob, I love it here.' Maybe you take a little less to be happy here. There are so many what-ifs, and it's all going to play itself out.
Sounds like Souray is being pragmatic about his situation and the Habs priorities in signing Markov first. The quote above (from the article) doesn't seem to lend itself to the prevailing notion on the board that he's as good as gone.
Everything that has been said here so far is true:
1- Souray speaks the truth. Markov is the most important d-man of the Habs and Rivet will want to stay.
2- But saying that, definately means, for me that he'll be gone. If you want to stay, you could say those things but add that you did bring to the team some intangibles and having said that wished you could return as well....which he didn't.
So in the end, it will come to this, we're in a great race for the playoffs, we keep Souray and lose him for nothing. We're not in it, we trade him.
But having said, I'm really wondering what all 3 players could do if they really want to stay put. Would Rivet take less money if it helps keeping Sheldon? Would Markov do the same? Why wouldn't Souray do the same as well if he really intends staying?
Doesn't seem that way so far.....Besides, Rivet at 3.5 is nonsense for me.
P.S. You don't say things like "No matter what happens, I'll never forget this organization's class, for its belief in me and for sticking with me through some tough times last year." and come back.....This sounds like the last phrase you say AFTER you're traded or something like that....
Last edited by Whitesnake: 11-27-2006 at 10:06 AM.