PMB, O'Sullivan, 2 talented, speedy, small guys, not exactly what we lack....we need size and grit.
And for your information, Lemaire barely plays Bouchard at C, for the exact same reason why we shouldn't sign him, he is way too small to compete with a regular C in the league. Saku is stronger and has more grit than him.......so no thanx.....we better move Sergei to Center.
In Montreal's position, it's a bad idea to make offers to RFAs. First, you need to overpay for any chance of a return. This will have an effect on your own RFA negotiations, eating away at cap space. This in turn will make it harder to sign our own RFAs and make them ripe candidates for offers from other teams. Since we have a young team with plenty of good RFAs, this would be a terrible situation to be in. Let's not go there.
based on no signings that isnt that big a problem because we have the cap space to accept most deals and the only guy we have this year thats potentially worth a massive rfa contract is kosty sr and he signed. depending on how things go in the future (not even next off season but most likely the year after) we might have cap problems but by then some of the college kids and guys in hamilton should be ready to step up and play for the big team even
Halak is RFA right? And still not signed right?...If I was another team's GM I'd offer him something..
chances are gainey would just match it given we have a lot of money under the cap, and if he didnt match it, we'd be getting a fairly significant amount of compensation (my assumption is anything for just a 2nd rd pick he matches, anything for a 1st and a 3rd he walks away)
Evidently if PMB wasn't a quebecer, that type of comment would not have been made.....Only 3 seasons of around 60ish points in a great offensive system that runs Jacques Lemaire.....Just bench the guy.....
Having said that, I would want to be much bigger at center but since nobody will trade us what EVERYBODY wants, we need to draft them...Hope it will be addressed in the future drafts......like real soon.....let's addressed it like we addressed the d-men depth problem....
Anyone that thinks Lemaire runs a trap, defense only oriented system has never seen the Wild play. Since the lockout, that hasn't been the case. I watch the Wild quite a lot (huge Gaborik & Koivu fan) and while there is emphasis on back checking, there isn't a whole lot of defense going on like everyone thinks there is. Try and convince me that a defense with Johnsson, Burns, Numelin and Schultz is geared towards a system like he ran in NJ or older Wild teams.