Kovalev, elite talent 40 goal scorer
Koivu, heart and soul of the team and dynamic playmaking master
Who should we build the team around in the off-season
OT:You're not a Habs fan.Stop gimmicking,I know you are a Leafs fan judging by your posting history.Remember all these Lecavalier/Jagr/Lemieux vs Koivu polls this summer?That was enough to show that you aren't one.
Preferably,I'd say we maintain both for a couple of years.They're both extremely vital assets for a eventual Cup Run.Personally,I'd like Koivu to officially retire and finish his career with the organization.
Last edited by Stephen Locke*: 02-20-2008 at 12:52 AM.
Now, I'm a Sens fan first but I follow the Habs and I would hope Gainey manages to find a star player such as a Jokinen or Hossa to whom he can offer a nice, long-term contract and build around that. Kovalev and Koivu would then add nice veteran leadership and the "youth" can be allowed to bloom properly without too much pressure.
I think Price, Markov, Komisarek is the logical place to start building. But we have a well-rounded, two-way team, so it's not like we're going to have a core group and then a bunch of scrubs. It's going to be a balance looks like, unless we can pick up a stud to add to that group. Not easy to do. Will probably have to be a UFA.
Your right, but surprisingly, hes on that pace currently.
And I don't doubt that he can/will reach that total, possibly a bit less or more depending on how clutch he can stay.
But you need to remember that this Kovalev is a much different version than what we saw last year. Can he keep this up, leading into next year? A disappointing season leading into an extraordinary one is fairly confusing, especially when dealing with an enigma such as Kovalev. You don't really know what you're going to get until the time comes.
This year, he came to play. I'd imagine he will continue to play solidly next year as well (barring injury or off-ice distraction), but who knows?
The answer is simple... both. The reason being, all NHL teams have a very small window in this day of the cap to win the Stanley Cup. In order to win the cup, you need players like Kovalev and Koivu - veterans that can lead the team and get them going. To become a contender in the next year or so, we will need these guys. Then the transition will be made to our younger talent AFTER that, and we will go through a rebuilding phase where we will build around players like Price, Plekanec and Komisarek.
If we want to win the cup next year on the Canadiens 100th anniversary, the only chance we have is that Kovalev and Koivu are firing on all cylinders and our young talent steps up. You cannot get rid of these players and expect Higgins to lead us to a cup.... yet. There is a revolving cast, and Kovalev/Koivu are the main actors right now.
The team will be build around our young players, not these 2 old and finished players.
We keep both because you need good veterans on a young team. Kovy become a real good veteran this year and Koivu always been a hard-working player. Plus, I don't think Koivu will be trade if he don't ask too. You don't give NTC to guys you want to trade. It's a commitment and I think Bob will respect that.
So we build around Price, Komi, Markov, both Kostitsyn, Plekanec and we keep some good veteran like Koivu, Kovalev, Hamrlik and Huet to help these guys.