He's having a sub-par season by his standards (or the ones set up for him) but I shudder to think of what this team would look like without him.
Imagine going into next year with Plekanec and Lapierre as our top 2 centres. Koivu is a must. If the team could somehow get that coveted #1 center via trade, Koivu would fit nicely in the #2 slot. Right now though, I'm wondering if Koivu would even want to re-sign.
We'll need the offense and I wouldn't roll the dice on attracting other UFAs, the team has been burnt way too many times in the past.
If he comes cheap, he's the perfect 4th liner and team guy.
I don't really care about the rest but if you want cheap depth, Begin and Bouillon could be 13th forward, 7th d-man. I wouldn't pay Bouillon nearly as much as he's earning now though.
If Lang can resume his career and the team could sign him in the 3M range, I'd be honoured to have him back. The guy's a class act and I think he brightens up the locker room.
Why no love for Begin. He isn't perfect, but he will never take a night off for us. Can't ask much more from a 3rd/4th liner
I'd rather play Stewart in that energy line with Kostopoulos. Stewart would comes with less of a cap hit and a two way contract and he can fight. Begin is all heart ala Boullion but at some point you need more then heart. No one is afraid of Begin..Stewart would bring that same energy level but with more punishment!