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08-08-2010, 05:18 PM
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Eric Belanger

I read somewhere that Belanger hoped MTL would offer him a contract... The problem is the money is missing. I also read that he would take less money for less years if put in 2nd line duties... Anyways, how much $ and what kind of terms would he be looking for in your opinion?

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2.5 mil, 2-3 years.
In today's market, I doubt he would get that much... But at the same time, I think he is worth at least that.

I think a team that would have him penciled down as their #2 center could ink him for 1yr at 2 millions... That way, he gets to put up numbers and has more leverage the next year.

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In today's market, I doubt he would get that much... But at the same time, I think he is worth at least that.

I think a team that would have him penciled down as their #2 center could ink him for 1yr at 2 millions... That way, he gets to put up numbers and has more leverage the next year.
Washington? To be honest, I'm surprised they haven't brought him back at least as their third centre. Someone more skilled would probably fit better, but they could surely use the depth.

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i'm surprised washington didn't re-sign him as well. at this juncture, i gotta believe they either didn't want him period, or are being stone cold waiting for belanger to realize any offer is a good offer at this point...

it's been an odd one, with guys like madden and jokinen signing before belanger, call me weird but i'd prefer belanger over the other two

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He'll end up settling for something like what Malhotra settled for last year because there's a limited market for his services.

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I hope Pittsburgh is looking at him. With talks of Staal centering the second line Belanger would be a perfect 3rd line center for them.

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i'm surprised washington didn't re-sign him as well. at this juncture, i gotta believe they either didn't want him period, or are being stone cold waiting for belanger to realize any offer is a good offer at this point...

it's been an odd one, with guys like madden and jokinen signing before belanger, call me weird but i'd prefer belanger over the other two
Jokinen should put up more points than Belanger with worse linemates, and Madden is much cheaper.

Belanger is fine if you're asking him to be a 3rd line center, PK specialist-type. But he will forever be a subpar 2nd line center. The guy disappears for lengths of time, and far too frequently at that.

He couldn't even stick with Havlat and Latendress (who were instant offense once they settled together) last year on the Wild. Kyle Brodziak was a better option...


If he were willing to take a paycut, Washington does make sense for him, though. If they're uncomfortable with any of their other centers being defensively responsible, he'll be a passable - but not long-term - plugger on a 2nd line. Otherwise, he's a fine option on the 3rd line with plenty of PK duties, not to mention his faceoff prowess.

It's unsubstantiated, but consistently rumored that he has some attitude issues in the locker room... I wonder if that has anything to do with his continued unemployment?

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Jokinen should put up more points than Belanger with worse linemates, and Madden is much cheaper.

Belanger is fine if you're asking him to be a 3rd line center, PK specialist-type. But he will forever be a subpar 2nd line center. The guy disappears for lengths of time, and far too frequently at that.

He couldn't even stick with Havlat and Latendress (who were instant offense once they settled together) last year on the Wild. Kyle Brodziak was a better option...


If he were willing to take a paycut, Washington does make sense for him, though. If they're uncomfortable with any of their other centers being defensively responsible, he'll be a passable - but not long-term - plugger on a 2nd line. Otherwise, he's a fine option on the 3rd line with plenty of PK duties, not to mention his faceoff prowess.

It's unsubstantiated, but consistently rumored that he has some attitude issues in the locker room... I wonder if that has anything to do with his continued unemployment?
The problem with Washington not resigning him is not because of the $ but moreso the term. They only want to sign FAs for 1 year.

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Jokinen should put up more points than Belanger with worse linemates, and Madden is much cheaper.

Belanger is fine if you're asking him to be a 3rd line center, PK specialist-type. But he will forever be a subpar 2nd line center. The guy disappears for lengths of time, and far too frequently at that.

He couldn't even stick with Havlat and Latendress (who were instant offense once they settled together) last year on the Wild. Kyle Brodziak was a better option...


If he were willing to take a paycut, Washington does make sense for him, though. If they're uncomfortable with any of their other centers being defensively responsible, he'll be a passable - but not long-term - plugger on a 2nd line. Otherwise, he's a fine option on the 3rd line with plenty of PK duties, not to mention his faceoff prowess.

It's unsubstantiated, but consistently rumored that he has some attitude issues in the locker room... I wonder if that has anything to do with his continued unemployment?
agree with everything you said. jokinen may score more points, but i am simply not a fan of his game or inconsistencies whatsoever. madden i still really like, although he's definitely lost a step and it shows...

regardless, belanger - third line - defensive/pk guy, that's all i'd want him for with spot duty from time to time

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Leafs need a 2 way centreman for the 3rd line. Belanger would be perfect if he was willing to take the 3rd line job and be a PK specialist.

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The problem with Washington is two-fold, I think.

First, they're probably playing hardball with him on term and perhaps price as well. Belanger initially wanted several years IINM and the Caps probably only want 1.

Second, they've already got Fleischmann (no real spot for him other than at C, unless they trade Chimera), plus 2 prospects that they claim they want to give a chance to earn a spot at C in the NHL this year (Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault).

Now neither of these things are likely deal-breakers. At this point the market probably has eliminated issue 1 from being an obstacle, or at least severely diminished it. Belanger might have to settle for one year and might have to settle for a cheap deal.

Issue 2 goes away if the Caps are considering trading away any of their bottom 6ers (perhaps in a Bieksa deal, cap permitting?) or if they're ok with basically pushing the prospects out of the equation completely.

I wouldn't been too surprised to see him back here. The coach knows him and likes him, the team has a need for someone like him to help out the PK (if they think he'll be a bigger help with time that is), and they could use the extra experience down the middle. It may just come down to what better offers he can get.

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