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Which Ufas Would You Like To See Back Next Year?


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  1. 1. Which UFAs would you like to see back next year?

    • Alex Tanguay
      87
    • Saku Koivu
      67
    • Alex Kovalev
      66
    • Robert Lang
      42
    • Tom Kostopoulos
      45
    • Francis Bouillon
      12
    • Mathieu Dandenault
      30
    • Mike Komisarek
      64
    • Mathieu Schneider
      49
    • Patrice Brisebois
      9


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Tanguay and Komi are our top priorities for sure. I'd also like to see Lang back if he's back at 100% and he still wants to play, but he'd have to take a pay cut. I'd bring back Kostopoulos, he's been doing a great job with Lapierre and Latendresse. You know what we've been doing with Brisebois the last 2 years? Well I'd try and get Schneider to do that..sign for 2M and maybe not play him every game. As much as I appreciate the work of Bouillon, I let him go. Dandenault has helped us a ton this year playing offenswe and defense, but I think we should let him go unless we can sign him for 1M.

And then there's Koivu and Kovalev. They've both been playing well lately so it's tempting to want to bring them back, but I'm still not sure what I'd do with them..

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Alex Tanguay - yes, I've always liked his play. We would have been a better team if he had stayed healthy.

Saku Koivu - OMG, letting this guy go would be a HUGE mistake IMO. I don't want to rant too much, but he's more a key to this team than many realize....until he's gone. Not to mention, he would destroy us as an opponent, as most ex-Habs seem to have a knack for doing.

Alex Kovalev - I (Bob Gainey) would have a long talk with AK27 and see if he could stay motivated game after game. Inconsistency is not acceptable for a championship team.

Robert Lang - I love what he brings to the table. For the right price, keep him.

Tom Kostopoulos - Great effort. Negotiate a fair deal and he stays.

Francis Bouillon - Our D needs work. Is Frankie B capable of becoming Jay Bouwmeester? Probably not.

Mathieu Dandenault - I like his versatility, and his speed. He never seems to float, either. I say keep him.

Mike Komisarek - We had better hang on to our Komisaurus....IF he can be that Komisaurus again.

Mathieu Schneider - Again, to have a Bouwmeester would be worth his weight in Loonies. We have too many older "adequate" defensemen, and need a couple more great younger ones.

Patrice Brisebois - Doggone it....if he weren't playing so great lately, it would be easier to remember how dangerous and frequent his giveaways are. And he's up there in age. Sorry, but there comes a time.....

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If they keep Kovalev i don't want it to be more than a 2 year deal.

I would like to keep Komisarek and Tanguay for sure.

Dandenault if he plays defense all year long with a regular spot.

Kostopolos.

End of my list.

Lang would be great, but let's face it that's a very serious injury for someone of his age so i don't know....

The rest can walk away and i could care less.

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I would like to see Tanguay....now Koivu, Kovy if we see them continue to gel.......

Kosto, Schneider.....

If this lineup continues to click and Gainey has the magic to keep them clicking then keep the majority as long as they want to take a discount to keep the core together.

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The Key to each of these guys is the price, the term and the replacement options.

Tanguay and Komisarek would be my top 2 priorities.

After that the factors I name4d become a major factor.

I like Kovalev and Koivu a lot but If I could get a younger talented replacement to fill those spots I would let them walk.

However If there is no other top 2 line centre on the market that we could realsticly get we have no choice but to bring back Saku.

I just hope Bob can get these guys at a low price. After this season I am not sure anyone deserves much of a raise and a few guys need to take a pay cut.

In the end I will reserve judgement for after Bob is done.. There are just to many pieces to theis puzzel to say this guy should stay or this guy should go.

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My List: in order of importance:

Alex Tanguay - when healthy, he's one of the most talented wingers we've had in a long time. I would hate to see him gone after so few games with us. My only concern with him is the price. Id love to sign him for 3 or 4 years at under (or around) $5m but I dont know if thats realistic.

Saku Koivu - The only reason I didnt rank him first is that I would be shocked if he's not back. He's our heart and soul and I KNOW that Bob knows this. I expect a 2 year deal at close to what he's making now.

Mike Komisarek - As badly as he's played for patches of this year, I still believe he's a top pairing dman & I would hate to see him walk. Providing he doesnt want ridiculous money, I would sign him & if things didnt get better next year I would quietly begin shopping him. Definitely wouldnt offer him a contract with a NTC.

Alex Kovalev - I still think there's juice left in the tank. I would bring back Kovalev if the price is right AND Koivu & Tanguay can also be fit under the budget. If we can manage to lock up all 3 for $12-14m I would do that & give them a whole year together as line #1.

Tom Kostopoulos - I want this guy back for sure. The price has to be right of course but providing he's looking for something in the $1m range I think we have room for him.

Robert Lang - Depends what he wants for salary. If he is willing to take a decent pay cut I would ask him back in a heartbeat.

Mathieu Schneider - He'd need to take a HUGE (ie. 70%) pay cut to be in my plans. If he truly likes this team/city that much then by all means I would offer him a contract.

Mathieu Dandenault -I would keep him as a 7th guy for the right price but considering he asked for a trade, i doubt he'll stay.

Francis Bouillon - Id say thanks for the memories.

Patrice Brisebois - See boullion. I like breezer, he's played better than most of us were expecting this year but we need to shed salary & depth defensman is not a place to be spending $1m +

Bear in mind, I dont see us making any big big free agent signings this summer. I think there's a decent chance we will make a trade - perhaps even a blockbuster - but that makes it almost impossible to predict how the UFA will be courted so I am basing my analysis on us standing pat - and either signing our own UFA or other teams' - for the most part Id rather stick with what we've got.

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The players I would keep would be the folowing:

Alex Tanguay same contract or less for 2 yrs + an Option

Saku Koivu same contract or less for 2 yrs

Alex Kovalev less than present contract 2 yrs

Mike Komisarek 4 - 4.5 mil for 6 years

Tom Kostopolus 750 k - 1 mil max for 1 yr

Mathieu Dandenault same contract for 1 yr + an Option with some Bonuses worked in to attain some certain goals.

Matthew Schneider 50 % drop in salary especially with his age and position 1 yr + an Option with Bonuses for PP goals and points.

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For some reason I don't think we will see Tanguay, Koivu, Kovalev back for less money then they are currently making. For one thing the taxes in Montreal mean that these guys actually are making a half million to a million less then they would elsewhere. Another is their production over the last few seasons is in line with their pay. They are not being paid superstar money by any stretch. Guys like Ovechkin/Malkin are making twice as much so they should be producing twice as much. Third there is always some team who will throw a crazy contract at a player. If you are willing to pay Ryan Malone the crazy money then why not Tanguay, Koivu, Kovalev who are been a lot more solid producers over their careers and have been good clutch secondary scorers.

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Definite yes category:

Alex Tanguay

Mike Komisarek

It would be nice category:

Alex Kovalev

Robert Lang

I dont care one way or the other category:

Saku Koivu

Tom Kostopoulos

Time to move on category:

Francis Bouillon

Mathieu Dandenault

Mathieu Schneider

Patrice Brisebois

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Definite yes category:

Alex Tanguay

Mike Komisarek

It would be nice category:

Alex Kovalev

Robert Lang

I dont care one way or the other category:

Saku Koivu

Tom Kostopoulos

Time to move on category:

Francis Bouillon

Mathieu Dandenault

Mathieu Schneider

Patrice Brisebois

well unless you have inside information that we are aquiring a centerman this summer i think you should care that saku be brought back

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Robert Lang is a good player, but he is getting older. I was pretty suprised to see how many people decieded to jump on the bandwagon. I was one of the only guys who liked him at the beggining of the season. Now I see that people may be expecting to much of him. he was very hot when he went down. Hot like Kovalev was last year even though he production wasn't much more. He wont be like that every year or every point of every year. Especialy now that he is going to be 40 and is coming back from a potential career injury. I think people get to excited about players sometimes. Other times they don't get excited enough.

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I'm not opposed to bringing any of the big ones back (Koivu, Tanguay, Kovalev, Komisarek) at the right price. To me, of those 4 Koivu (because he's a center) and Kovalev are the most important to bring back. I feel Kovalev is just more of an impact player than Tanguay, the kind of coverage Kovalev draws is very important to his 2 linemates and the other scoring line(s) and his gamebreaking ability (even though not always evident) is still WELL worth the 4-5 million I think we'd be willing to pay him over a short term deal.

Tanguay is a good complimentary player but I definitely think he lacks the 2 qualities I just mentioned about Kovalev, I think he's already overpaid and if he's looking for a raise he can try and find it on the open market.

Komisarek is good and useful but he's overrated and replacable and I felt that before his recent struggles so this isn't a knee jerk reaction.

Lang's skate wasn't good before he got hurt and I'm not sure what kind of long term effects are possible from his injury so he definitely has to prove he can be healthy again before giving him a contract.

Schneider is ok as a 6 guy/PP specialist but he'd have to take a major paycut on a 1 year deal.

If the baseball offseason is any indication veteran complementary guy's are the guys being hardest hit, the stars are still getting their money, but guys like Lang, Schneider and Tanguay could end up being big bargains.

Robert Lang is a good player, but he is getting older. I was pretty suprised to see how many people decieded to jump on the bandwagon. I was one of the only guys who liked him at the beggining of the season. Now I see that people may be expecting to much of him. he was very hot when he went down. Hot like Kovalev was last year even though he production wasn't much more. He wont be like that every year or every point of every year. Especialy now that he is going to be 40 and is coming back from a potential career injury. I think people get to excited about players sometimes. Other times they don't get excited enough.

It's one of those things, once a player is gone people seem to have fonder memories of them, look at the Ryder, Grabovski, Streit and Huet threads. If Kovalev or Koivu leave everyone will be their biggest fans.

Lang is good, but he's not irreplaceable, there will be plenty of players of Lang's capability available. Let's see how healthy Lang is and how much he wants before we even consider bringing him back.

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I'm not opposed to bringing any of the big ones back (Koivu, Tanguay, Kovalev, Komisarek) at the right price. To me, of those 4 Koivu (because he's a center) and Kovalev are the most important to bring back. I feel Kovalev is just more of an impact player than Tanguay, the kind of coverage Kovalev draws is very important to his 2 linemates and the other scoring line(s) and his gamebreaking ability (even though not always evident) is still WELL worth the 4-5 million I think we'd be willing to pay him over a short term deal.

Tanguay is a good complimentary player but I definitely think he lacks the 2 qualities I just mentioned about Kovalev, I think he's already overpaid and if he's looking for a raise he can try and find it on the open market.

Komisarek is good and useful but he's overrated and replacable and I felt that before his recent struggles so this isn't a knee jerk reaction.

Lang's skate wasn't good before he got hurt and I'm not sure what kind of long term effects are possible from his injury so he definitely has to prove he can be healthy again before giving him a contract.

Schneider is ok as a 6 guy/PP specialist but he'd have to take a major paycut on a 1 year deal.

If the baseball offseason is any indication veteran complementary guy's are the guys being hardest hit, the stars are still getting their money, but guys like Lang, Schneider and Tanguay could end up being big bargains.

It's one of those things, once a player is gone people seem to have fonder memories of them, look at the Ryder, Grabovski, Streit and Huet threads. If Kovalev or Koivu leave everyone will be their biggest fans.

Lang is good, but he's not irreplaceable, there will be plenty of players of Lang's capability available. Let's see how healthy Lang is and how much he wants before we even consider bringing him back.

Lang is a great guy and I think he was great with the young players, but he is a bit of a dime a dozen type of player. Hes one of those borderline first/second line players, but he is getting very long in the tooth. Having watched him play a lot I expect him to have lots of ups and downs. I just don't think it makes a whole lot of sense to bring him back unless there are absolutely no better choices. Right now the Habs should be looking for a big scoring center that will be around for a while. Koivu would be a better choice to bring back for the price tag as he about 5 years younger. The Habs should be looking for a another scoring center to play first or second line though. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing the current Koivu line back and use the money freed up to go after a number one center for the future. This guy could play with Andrei K and maybe Sergei K or Max Pacioretty. The only way I see it happening though is through a trade and it may well involve Plekanec even though I like him a lot.

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Lang is a great guy and I think he was great with the young players, but he is a bit of a dime a dozen type of player. Hes one of those borderline first/second line players, but he is getting very long in the tooth. Having watched him play a lot I expect him to have lots of ups and downs. I just don't think it makes a whole lot of sense to bring him back unless there are absolutely no better choices. Right now the Habs should be looking for a big scoring center that will be around for a while. Koivu would be a better choice to bring back for the price tag as he about 5 years younger. The Habs should be looking for a another scoring center to play first or second line though. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing the current Koivu line back and use the money freed up to go after a number one center for the future. This guy could play with Andrei K and maybe Sergei K or Max Pacioretty. The only way I see it happening though is through a trade and it may well involve Plekanec even though I like him a lot.

exactly, we shouldnt be looking to bring Lang back... we need to move ahead make a major deal and acquire a big time centerman

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exactly, we shouldnt be looking to bring Lang back... we need to move ahead make a major deal and acquire a big time centerman

I believe the Habs will gain about 5 million of cap space from Lang. There are also other free agents besides Tanguay/Koivu/Kovalev. If they could somehow resign those three for the same price or even better less and use that extra space to trade for a number one center the first two lines and the third line would look pretty good. I'm not sure how the defense would look though as Komi would probably be gone then.

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If they keep Kovalev i don't want it to be more than a 2 year deal.

I would like to keep Komisarek and Tanguay for sure.

Dandenault if he plays defense all year long with a regular spot.

Kostopolos.

End of my list.

Lang would be great, but let's face it that's a very serious injury for someone of his age so i don't know....

The rest can walk away and i could care less.

How can you say you could "care a less" about Saku Koivu? Sickening really..

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Definite yes category:

Alex Tanguay

Mike Komisarek

It would be nice category:

Alex Kovalev

Robert Lang

I dont care one way or the other category:

Saku Koivu

Tom Kostopoulos

Time to move on category:

Francis Bouillon

Mathieu Dandenault

Mathieu Schneider

Patrice Brisebois

Don't care about Koivu being gone? Ouch...for all he's done in Montreal...harsh man, harsh

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Anyways, you need to resign :

Alex Tangauy

Saku Koivu

Mike Komisarek

If other/better offensive options aren't an option then resign :

Alex Kovalev

Robert Lang

Wouldn't be upset to see ________ back for a reasonable price :

Mathieu Schniender

Tom Kostopulous

Mathieu Dandeneult

Thank you for your time, but we can't afford you anymore :

Patrice Briesbois

Francis Boulion

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Don't care about Koivu being gone? Ouch...for all he's done in Montreal...harsh man, harsh

Yeah really, I've been shocked by fans of other teams (especialy idiot canuck fans here in British Columbia insulting Saku....sory, at least we dont have a goalie as a captain :lol:) calling Saku a "Horrible captain" but the amount of disrespect he gets by Montreal fans is even more incredible. Im sorry, I dont care if you think its time to rebuild, bring in youth or whatever, you treat this man with the respect he deserves after what he's been through with the team and you jump at the chance to resign him if he wants to stay here.

Nuff said.

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Like this layout.

You need to resign :

Alex Tangauy

Saku Koivu

Mike Komisarek

Alex Kovalev

If other/better offensive options aren't an option then resign :

Robert Lang

Wouldn't be upset to see ________ back for a reasonable price :

Mathieu Schneider

Tom Kostopulous

Thank you for your time, but we can't afford you anymore :

Patrice Brisebois

Francis Boullion

Mathieu Dandenault

Love it, the media will go nuts, 3 frenchman leaving! Only 1 staying!

Simple truth is: We do not have any top calibre offensive talent ready to take over. If Sergei, Andrei, Higgins and Plekanec had all put together solid seasons (We'd be battling for first in the conference) then I would say the team could move forward with the young guns. However, this season young has been evident but no guns were found. We let the Flying Frennishian line go, we leave the top shelf of the cupboard completely bare. Yea, they can all frustrate at times with too much passing, mishandles and coasting but they are clearly the best available option. IF they wanna come back.

As for Komisarek, it's a no brainer, even in a "down" year he was probably still our 3rd best d-man all season, as a total, behind Markov and Gorges. He's young, aggressive, loves the Habs and will be Captain down the line.

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How can you say you could "care a less" about Saku Koivu? Sickening really..

That's why it is my opinion and not yours.

I just realize that he can't play 20 minutes a game anymore, so that means he can't play on the first 2 lines for 82 games straight.

Does he want to be 3rd center ? I doubt it, and even if he would, he's gonna ask good money since "he's Saku Koivu in Montreal" why would we pay someone who plays 15 minutes a game that much money? I just don't buy that anymore.

Who's gonna replace him? I have no clue.... but with that much money available, im sure we can find a centerman who average 55 or 60 pts a year somewhere.

I move on.... and yes, i don't care and could care less.

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