The Gorges comments are interesting. Before he signed, a friend of mine and I were discussing what he might be worth and we came up with a number of around $2.75 million and a maximum of three years.
I think PG got a bit of a bargain here but I am happier than I would have been with a long term contract at something over $3 million.
I hope Gorges has a good year but realistically speaking he is a #5 or #6 defenseman on a contending team. Granted, he would be one of the very best #5 or #6 defensemen in the league but when you look at his skill set, that is where he fits. If some team thinks he is a #3 guy and want to pay him at that level, then he has a choice to make and like anyone else, he would be crazy not to follow the money.
The wildcard in this whole thing is the CBA. Montreal may have timed some of these contracts very well because I have a feeling there are changes coming. They may not be big changes but nevertheless, PG will have the flexibility to deal with the new CBA terms with the full knowledge of what those terms will be.
This is a smart signing by both the habs and Gorges. The habs didn't want to pay 3 mil to get a long term deal done. Gorges didn't want to accept 2.5 on a long term. Maybe once Gorges proves that he is 100% the habs will not have cold feet.
i know markov is markov, but if you give a beloved vet like that 5 years after blowing knees like hookers blow....you can at least offer gorges, who bleeds for this team, 2 years. i feel insulted for him (granted, without knowing details), but i hope it doesn't mean anything, and we lock him next year. .....or he sucks and isn't himself and it ends up being a smart move.
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heard talk that Gorges has no interest staying in MTL long-term... this deal won't convince anyone otherwise. UFA in less than a year.
I'm gonna need to have some explanations on that one. Why would Gorges have no interest in staying here exactly?
Gorges is extremely limited. I think management offered him a one year deal because they want to see just how much his game can grow, not because of his health.
If he was bigger and therefore more physical/aggressive, then he could easily add 1M to his current pay, but he doesn't have that.
As someone who held the username GorgesOfTheJungle for awhile, it goes without saying that I`m a huge, huge fan of Gorges. However, I really don't understand the problem with this kind of contract for him right now.
The Habs rewarded him with a contract at a cap-hit that was more than double his last contract`s. That's a healthy raise and is well deserved, IMO. Had the Habs truly wanted to low-ball Gorges, they could easily have dragged him to arbitration and probably saved a little bit of money (it's usually tough to get significant reward for intangible qualities and last season's injury would have definitely factored into a ruling). Ensuring that a contract was worked out before the looming arbitration threat became significant is actually a show of good faith from PG, as I see it.
This contract allows both parties to avoid the ugliness of arbitration and will ensure that in the long-term Gorges is compensated fairly in the long-term for what he provides. I really doubt that either party sees this contract as a bad thing. If Gorges truly wants to stay in Montreal long-term, I see no reason why both parties can`t agree on something before he hits UFA status next year.
I find it absurd that a guy like Brian Wilde is so critical of how this will play in the room. Gorges seems like a smart enough guy to realize the reality of the situation and recognize that it`s not a slap in the face by any means. Even if Gorges were petty enough to be unhappy about it (which I doubt he is), I`m sure that Gill would quickly provide a reality check considering he took less money to stay as a defensive d-man on the same team for the same length, even though he had more bargaining clout as a UFA.