Many questions remain of the Canadiens this offseason. What's happenning with Halak? Where will Plekanec go? What about Markov?
What do you think will happen?
Many up and coming stars need to be signed, but will this be possible with their current cap situation?
Expect the Big Three, Brock Trotter, Davis Desharnais and Cedrick Desjardins all to be signed for a decent amount of time. This will probably range from 3 - 4 years, at $700,000 - $850,000 per year.
Okay, we all knew Sergei had played his last in Montreal, but what about Andrei?
AK46 has a rather large contract at 3.25 mil a season, while only producing 8 points in 19 games in the playoffs, and a similar absence during the season.
With Sergei being an RFA, expect his right to be coupled with AK for a high draft pick, or maybe a playmaking center.
At 40 years of age, Glen Metropolit is looking a little gray for the speed and skill of today's NHL.
After being supposedly sidelined for the rest of the year from a shoulder injury, he miraculously came back in the second round against Pittsburgh. Wait, he was there?
It may have been a first, but his disappearance in the post season may have him taking the Metro...all the way to the airport.
Yes, what many thought was solid showed many weaknesses during the season. Aside from the plethora of injuries, Jacques Martin played a key role in the Canadiens nearly missing the playoffs this year.
Martin showed an immense lack of emotion, and was not willing to speak to the refs, even on very questionable calls.
Kirk Muller has been waiting in the wings since Guy Carbonneau took the reigns. He's been waiting, watching, and basically doing Martin's job for him.
You should see the would-be Columbus Head Coach Guy Boucher take Muller's former position, as number 11 himself takes charge.
We saw a very different Maxim Lapierre come playoff time, and provided something the Canadiens lacked all season long. A front of the net presence.
With his tenacity in front of the net, flashes of brilliance resembling The Rocket, expect Max to be flashing his pen this summer. I expect a 2 or 3 year contract, not much higher than 1.25 mil.
The clear leader of the team, and longest current serving member of Le Bleu Blanc Rouge.
Earning his contract? Not for long. Expect him to be signed early, and hopefully at a hometown price. Considering his injuries, expect a 4 year contract at a similar price as his last 5.25 mil per season signing.
A second-round draft pick for Dominic Moore? Many laughed, but this was an essential pick up in Montreal's run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Without him, we may not have made it out of the first round.
But, unfortunately, at 1.1 mil a season, and many to be re signed, do not look for Moore's name on next years' roster. Losing a front of net presence, and a would-be 20 goal scorer is always so sad.
The Hammer? More like The Hole.
Roman Hamrlik was brought to Montreal to provide a more stable defensive core, as well as provide some offense. He has done neither.
and at 5.5 mil a season, I would prefer a peewee player be brought up than keep this sieve on the back end. The only reason he finished a -2 in the season was because he was paired up with Markov and Gorges, who managed to bail him out time and time again.
Yes, I do in fact believe that Tomas Plekanec has seen his last of the Bell Centre.
Getting him at a mere 2.75 mil, albeit through arbitration last season, was a steal. But did we hurt ourselves letting it go that far for a deal?
Put yourself in Plekanec's shoes. Would you want to stay in the city that thought you were dead weight, and tried to include you in an overhaul? I thought not. And him most likely demanding 5+ mil a season, our salary cap is our worst enemy.
Other than the Leafs.
Last season there were rumors of one French Canadian coming from Tampa. Now, it's the other.
The Saint hasn't expressed any real enthusiasm about staying in Tampa Bay, and may be looking to the Habs as a way out. And with their current goaltending troubles, don't think new GM Steve Yzerman won't be looking to Mr.Gauthier for a deal.
A deal maybe including Carey Price and next years second round draft pick?
With all of these changes a distinct possibility ahead, don't look too far for the answers.
Comment and rate, and let me know your opinions.
Oh, and Leafs suck.