Marc Defoy is just asking the question, since KHL is on aggressive mode and since Plekanec is a RFA who opted for arbitration, would he be interested by an offer from the KHL IF THERE WAS ONE.
He's just stirring the pot.
Don't bash the guy though, this is a good article. But he is making the mistake of not CLEARLY saying that he is speculating ("je spécule")... For an english reader, this is not obvious to understand, this is very subtle. It does sound as if there was an offer on the table... but there is none (not as per this article), he really is saying : IF there was an offer.
lol Look at you guys, rumor coming from a site that constantly feeds us with bs. Rumor is just that the KHL team is interested in Plekanec, it doesn't even say if Plekanec would even consider it and yet most of you are already jumping on Gainey's throat lmao
Correct me if I am wrong as my french isn't what it used to be. From reading the article, no where does it say the KHL IS interested nor have they offered anything to Plecks.
That being said, even if he did go, so what. We have an extra 3 or 4MM in addition to the 3 or so MM that was earmarked for Plecks to spend on another centreman. Add the fact we'd have to trade for one and we could conceivably dump a bit more salary and maybe get a much better centreman in return.
Ultimately, why is everyone in a panick when nothing has happened yet and even if it does, it hardly spells the doom of the franchise? I say relax, sit back and enjoy. If Plecks wins his arbitration he may already be trade bait anyways for a trade in the fall. Maybe we can get someone players from Chicago, Philly, Ottawa, Calagry,New Jersey, San Jose etc... all teams that are really close to or over the cap right now and will need to get under it before the season starts.
Basically, he says the decision to go to arbitration was really tough, because he doesn't want to stir up something he'll regret. But he says while money was a factor in his decision, a show of respect for his contributions is more important to him. He knows the arbitration decision might go against him, but he says he's willing to accept whatever the decision is and he's ready for anything, including a trade.
He says he got several offers from KHL teams, but none compared to the money he'll make in the NHL, and in any case, he's got no interest in going to Russia. He says the lifestyle and competition in the NHL are much better. Although he says he may try Russia when he's too old to play in the NHL anymore. For now, he likes Montreal.
He really feels badly about how last season went, although he says it shouldn't be surprising when you consider the number of injuries everyone had. And he says he was proud he still managed to get 20 goals in a pretty rotten year for him. He promises he's going to be a hundred percent better on the ice this year.