i don't think it would cost all that much to sign him.he put up good numbers with the laughs last year.he is not the greatest skater,but a nice playmaker.he was good on the powerplay as well.i think that tallon is in the mix for gomez,if that doesn't happen,i would be content with allison.
He's only slow in his acceleration. his top speed isn't as bad as hf-boarders suggest.
But he's a center anyway... no need to be that quick. He's probably top-5 behind the net - in the entire league, I kid you not. He has an insanely good ability to keep possession behind the net and down low. Not to mention his playmaking skills... 60 points on a not so good offensive team last year (imo) in 66 games ... is still good. He did exactly what I expected him last year and he's good for another 60 points at least. His ceiling is around 90 points. In the right atmosphere and the ice time he wants (around 19-20) and with the right scoring winger (Ruutu, not Havlat) he could achieve that.
A few if's there but have faith yeah. I don't think he'll sign in Chicago though. Here's hoping I'm wrong.