Nope. I'm hoping Eller really breaks out this year.. and we can add some depth scoring through UFAs.
I would be very sour if we gave up next years 1st in a deep draft, AND our big center who still could potentially put up as many points as Kane. (When he starts getting top line minutes + PP)
I'm not one of those posters who would say yeah while in a stupor. I'm afraid you're wildly profligate and would regret it. Next year's first could be far better than Evander Kane, not to mention the loss of Eller.
Problem is the David Jones contract just destroyed the 2nd line winger market.
Parenteau isn't a RFA, you don't have to abid by his agent's BS. If there's no teams interested in hiring him at the price & term that was mentioned then it's tough luck. I think we should get him at around 3 mil for 2-3 years tops.
Detroit has a hockey charisma as a great organisation which treats its players extremely well, like family members. + Of course, they got the track record.
Players love the Bruins because they know they won't get mugged by Lucic or Chara, or Thornton if they play WITH them.
Toronto is still the centre of the UNIVERSE for Anglo players who were watching them on TV since their childhood.
Toronto may have been the centre of the universe for a previous generation, but this group were all born in the '90s.. They are just as likely to have rooted for any of the current Canadian teams, except Winnipeg.
I'm really hoping we get Jason Garrison. Last yr our big problem was we didn't have a big booming shot from the point. PG erroneously felt the PP needed help by getting another passer in Kaberle but what it really needed was a guy who could shoot.
in 6 days, the draft, in two weeks, free agents....
who should we target???
I don't think there is anyone in the FA list that could jump on our first 2 lines ( Yeah, Semin and Parise could, but let's get real people) And no one can take 1 pair duty on defense (Then again, there is Suter, but let stay in our normal universe shall we
So what we can do is had depth to our 3rd and 4th line (Which we definetly need anyway) and on D
I made a list of people we can try to get, if we get 1 or 2 at the forward position and 1 on D, it will be a good start
so for forward, in no particular orders:
I'm sure they will make offer for Parenteau or Bernier (franco factor) if they want to take a gamble offensively, they can take a chance on Boyes or try to swoop Jokinen from Calgary. If they want feisty they might take a chance on Stempniak, Prust, Glass, or even Tootoo big bodies are Gaustad, Pyatt, Penner
Now on D
They might give a shout at Bouillon as he is Therrien's bi%?h. Bigger bodies or defensive type like Hannan, Allen, Jackman. More offensive like Garrison, Carle, Wideman
So who would you like? who do you think we might have a shot at?
NO ONE PLAIN AND SIMPLE
stop wasting cap money on overrated , and overpaid in the UFA market
we got burned with Gio, Cammy , etc....
develop our own and move on
no one than the 2 that wont come here , zak and Suter the rest are all
A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY
I will bow out of the discussion with this; wait until the dust settles on free agency. The same hopeful people will be the ones saying "Did Bergevin remember to set his alarm clock".
Same old story every year. We have to build through the draft because that is the hand we are dealt right now. The minute we build a competitive team, year after year, and make good on what assets we do have. Is the minute we get some credibility on the free agent market.
Until then, we will go with Plan B, C and D.
Yep...hope for the best, expect the worst, when it comes to signing top tier free agents in Montreal. This team should have been drafting a #1 center five years ago, instead of thinking they would grab one through free agency.
When Gomez is the best you can do....well, that says it all....plan G maybe?
Do NOT spend a wad of cash on a 30-year-old player for next season!! Do NOT get locked into a stupid multi-year contract that cripples us when we need the money to take a REAL run at the Cup. Parenteau might be great for a year or two, if we're very very lucky, but our future is NOT 2013. If we sign any player with diminishing amounts of prime fuel left in his tank, he'll start running out of gas at the exact moment we need to be hitting our stride -- about two or three years from now.
I'm okay with a stop-gap contract of one or two years maximum, but we usually offer FAs longer-term deals, which is what we need to avoid. If there was ever a year to politely step away from the UFA table, this is it. I know it's fun to watch and speculate over the process, but it won't help us right now.
The only one on your list I'd consider signing would be Bernier, because he's slightly younger and knows what it takes to step up in the playoffs.