I'd love having Bertuzzi or Jovo, not Cloutier, without having to give up any of my untouchables for the moment (Markov, Koivu, Kovalev, Begin and the still-developing Plekanec, Perezhogin, Higgins and Komisarek need time as do prospects Kostitsyn, Chipchura, Latendresse, etc.). But wouldn't it be a deadly PR move. I mean, fans in Montreal (until he began scoring) would be booing a guy of their own. It'd be crazy to watch Todd touch the puck and get heckled. "Here's Koivu down the left wing boards, cross ice to Bertuzzi (booooo), Bertuzzi charges to the net, puts a move on the goalie, scores! (yaaaaaaaaaayyyyhh, Bertuzzi! Bertuzzi! Bertuzzi! Ole Ole Ole Ole!)
Vancouver would have to take Bonk in any deal that makes sense for Montreal...otherwise Montreal couldn't afford to add Todd's salary. I think we have enough "defensive" forwards to easily replace Bonk and he has been totally dissapointing so far in Montreal...
I think all the skepticism about Bertuzzi's game is misplaced. He was never a goon before he threw that sucker-punch. In fact, at the beginning of his career, he wasn't physical at all, he just loafed around.
He's loafing again, but probably because of his legal troubles.
Bertuzzi is a one-of-a-kind player. Not many (any?) players like that in the league. I'd take him in a heartbeat.
I don't like the idea of Komisarek being a part of that trade, but anyone else.
There might be friction early on, but as soon as he started scoring, I think any trouble would disappear.
And if he doesn't? I personally don't think he worth all the risks and possible headaches. I'd rather see Gainey focus his attention on getting another defenseman and a second line player. With Koivu and Kovalev in the lineup, I am relatively happy with our forwards.