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05-04-2008, 06:35 PM
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YES or NO: Do we spend or save?

Simple question, do we spend to get a potential top tier center/winger to push us to the next level or do we save up to lock up our young guns long term?

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05-04-2008, 06:44 PM
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I vote save.

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05-04-2008, 06:46 PM
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Why can't we do both? Locking up our young players long term while adding a UFA isn't out of the question. That's actually what most teams do.

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05-04-2008, 06:47 PM
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I haven't been paying attention to who will be available. But I would say "Save" and see what's happening towards the trade deadline.

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05-04-2008, 06:58 PM
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I say spend, but would prefer spending in terms of dealing prospects and picks for useful veterans than UFA pursuit.

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05-04-2008, 07:07 PM
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I would say the team has a good amount of cap space going forward and we can definitely afford to bring in a big name UFA. If we can add one of these guys: Jagr, Sundin, Shanahan it would probably only be for 1-2 year deals or Brian Rolston maybe 3-4 year deal so it wouldn't really affect our ability to re-sign our core players in the future. I wouldn't go after Hossa, his contract will be really huge and long-term.

I know a lot of people expect Komi to get a huge contract something between 5 and 6 million a season, but I really think we overrate him a bit. Komisarek is a beast and want the guy here for a long time, but he is no Dion Phaneuf and I expect him to get a deal done for 3.5-4 million. Volchenkov is the defense man Komi is most comparable to and he recently signed a 3 year 7.5 mil deal.

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05-04-2008, 07:13 PM
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Not really a big expense here, but do you designate Price your number 1 goalie and sign a veteran back-up or do you let the two kids fight it out?

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05-04-2008, 07:20 PM
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Not really a big expense here, but do you designate Price your number 1 goalie and sign a veteran back-up or do you let the two kids fight it out?
Very good question.

I really like Halak and think he's shown a lot of potential so far. But I wonder if having a veteran backup like a Curtis Joseph for example, would have benefited Price.

Not so much to challenge him for the #1 spot. But to be there as support.

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05-04-2008, 07:20 PM
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05-04-2008, 07:22 PM
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Spend! Its our 100 year. If were ever going to spend, let it be now. Sign Hossa and lock up Price, Plekanec, Komisarek and the Kostitsyn's.

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05-04-2008, 07:23 PM
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Bob is going 'all in' this offseason. Next season is a big year for the Habs and I expect him to be very aggressive.

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05-04-2008, 07:59 PM
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Is clear the Habs need a budding great center.
Nothing in the UFA pool is that player.
how about he makes a RFA offer sheet for exactly what the habs need.
but who exactly?

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05-04-2008, 09:00 PM
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Spend. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Worst case you end up in a New Jersey situation and have to do some creative stuff or trade away some players next summer. But that's next summer. For all we know, some of our players could fall off the map next season or not earn the raises we think they should get, etc. Saving might not be needed. Who knows. Win now if we can.

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05-04-2008, 09:02 PM
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Is clear the Habs need a budding great center.
Nothing in the UFA pool is that player.
how about he makes a RFA offer sheet for exactly what the habs need.
but who exactly?
Hint: R_CK NA_H

edit: crap I thought he was RFA this summer, turns out he's not!

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05-04-2008, 09:04 PM
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This question is far too over-simplified (and that's an understatement).

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05-04-2008, 09:37 PM
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Spend, but spend wisely. No need to overpay for a guy like Rolston if he wants 4 or 5 mill a year or a long-term contract, we are deep in prospects so if we can't sign a good UFA then hopefully Gainey can acquire an impact player via the trade route.

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05-04-2008, 09:42 PM
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every year we say "ah we'll save and let our young guys develop"

eventually we have to spend, and its not a bad thing. spending properly can improve this team tremendously. We need a Big centerman, so Bobby G should work on that along with other things

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05-04-2008, 10:00 PM
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every year we say "ah we'll save and let our young guys develop"

eventually we have to spend, and its not a bad thing. spending properly can improve this team tremendously. We need a Big centerman, so Bobby G should work on that along with other things
Only big centre available in UFA is Sundin.... if you wanna trade for one... I'm okay with that, but there is no UFA out there i want.

I'd take Sundin on a 1-2 year deal though. Maybe Toronto will screw him over and the thought of playing for a rival will be appealing.

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05-04-2008, 10:06 PM
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I think we don't have a choice really. We finished 1st in East, therefore next year the expectations are not to just make the POs as an 8th seed.
We don't need to change our team THAT much, if we're to spend i think it should be for defenseman.

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05-04-2008, 10:08 PM
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We don't need to change our team THAT much, if we're to spend i think it should be for defenseman.
Actually id prefer a big center with a mean streak in him because of the talent thats coming up at D. We need more goals.

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Next year will be the decider whether or not Gainey has suceeded. I say get that high scoring winger we need and dump the excess.

Maybe someone should post a list of all ufa's for next year hint hint OP.

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05-04-2008, 10:45 PM
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Actually id prefer a big center with a mean streak in him because of the talent thats coming up at D. We need more goals.
I know, I thought about that, then i figured we finished 1st in scoring. Technically, we don't need more scoring.
The only reason why id go with the big center is because i think a big powerfoward would perfectly center the Kost Broz. But then, what happens?..Koivu-Higgins-Lats becomes our 3rd line?..Who do we put with Kovalev-Plek?..I think adding a big center might bring more problem than help to be honest.

Adding a D like Liles or Campbell would really make our D something else. We'd have the best top4 D in the league hands down, not to mention we'll have Price in nets for a whole season and really get a chance to see how good he is. With Bouillon-Jorges-O'Byrne as 5-6-7th Ds. It also would give Gainey a lot of trade material come Deadline.

It'll be interesting to see what happens, and i wouldn't be surprised to see Gainey just get role players again.

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05-04-2008, 11:36 PM
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I know, I thought about that, then i figured we finished 1st in scoring. Technically, we don't need more scoring.
The only reason why id go with the big center is because i think a big powerfoward would perfectly center the Kost Broz. But then, what happens?..Koivu-Higgins-Lats becomes our 3rd line?..Who do we put with Kovalev-Plek?..I think adding a big center might bring more problem than help to be honest.

Adding a D like Liles or Campbell would really make our D something else. We'd have the best top4 D in the league hands down, not to mention we'll have Price in nets for a whole season and really get a chance to see how good he is. With Bouillon-Jorges-O'Byrne as 5-6-7th Ds. It also would give Gainey a lot of trade material come Deadline.

It'll be interesting to see what happens, and i wouldn't be surprised to see Gainey just get role players again.
I want Rozival... and yes it would make us the best top 4 in the East.... Not in the league unless Niedermeyer retires again.

Pronger - Niedermeyer - Schneider - Beauchemin is too good.

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I want Rozival... and yes it would make us the best top 4 in the East.... Not in the league unless Niedermeyer retires again.

Pronger - Niedermeyer - Schneider - Beauchemin is too good.
Talking to some Rags fans, after today's game they're willing to sell him for scrap. They say he wants $5M/season though. That's a hefty price tag for Rozey.

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i said spend. if you are always thinking of the future you will never be able to go the next step. we need to improve our D, and i think Rozival would be great. and we also need a player who can score, in playoffs we we had trouble scoring a lil bit and we need a guy like Hossa who can come up big when you need him the most. now i know Hossa and Rozival will be to much just to think of it with the habs, and after 2009 season we have few players who will become UFA that we need to sign ( Koivu, Kovy, Komi and etc .) Hossa will ask for big money but if we could get a player like Rolston or even Naslund would be great addition to our team along with Rozival as a D.

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