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Ron Fournier: "Plekanec won't sign with Montreal"

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05-07-2010, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Supertramp View Post
Pleks cannot be worth more than 4.5, 4.75 at the absolute most.

69,39,70 points in his last three seasons. He has work ethic but is not talented worth 5million IMO.
we gave a player with these numbers: 45, 53, 60 pts, in his previous 3 seasons a 5 year-25M$ contract last offseason.

While you may, correctly, argue that we overpaid for Gionta, how in the world do you think the Habs will be able to convince Plekanec that he's not "talented" enough to be worth AT LEAST 5M$, given his superior production?

Plekanec is easily worth more than 5M$ on the UFA market, especially given how few quality centres are available this year.

Calling him "not talented enough", as absolutely wrong as it may be, doesn't change anything.

Originally Posted by Habs 4 Life View Post
If he makes it to July 1st,worth or not worth some team will probably offer him that much if not more.Personally I would offer him a long term contract at 4.5 per year but I'm not sure he would accept it,more then that go after another player via trade
again, given the contracts this team has paid out to UFA's in recent seasons, it's pretty much a no-win argument to claim that he's not worth 5M$... the habs only recourse to bargaining him below that # will be to push the home-town discount angle, and try to convince him to stay, at less than he's worth (according to both the market AND to the player-value they've established in the past) so that the team can afford to build around/with him... since they're pretty clearly up against the cap.

I'd like to know what players you'd target/think are available that could come in and replace what Plekanec brings to the team AT LESS than what he'll be signing for?

other than going after a reclamation project, or a young player who hasn't lived up to potential(both of which would be long-shots to adequately replacing what Plekanec brings to the team), I just don't see what team would be willing to give up a similarly talented top-6 centre that is making less than that.

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