The weather is warming up in Montreal, the jazz festival starts soon, and here’s what I was asked by three store clerks who recognized me on the weekend:
“Should the Canadiens keep Jaroslav Halak or Carey Price?”
And the HIO hockey genius answered: “Man, do I LOOK like Pierre Gauthier?”
I don’t. For one thing, I’ve got 100 pounds easy on the Canadiens vegetarian, ultra health-conscious general manager.
But that doesn’t count the weighty decisions he has to make over the next few weeks.
So tell us, Commentariat, what should Gauthier do?
And before answering, please consult the Canadiens’ salary cap situation.
will change when Georges Laraque is bought out today – lineup for his
fre-agent services starts on the left, let’s keep it orderly, as per the
Code – but the Canadiens have 13 players on their NHL roster for a
2010-’11 cap hit of $45 million.
The NHL has not announced the new
cap, but speculation has it coming in at about $58 million.
there’s about $13 million to sign a goaltender or two, Tomas Plekanec, Tom Pyatt,
Dominic Moore, Mathieu Darche, Glen Metropolit and Marc-André Bergeron.
subtract Moore and Metro and add Max Pacioretty ($910,000), Ryan White ($850,000) or Brock Trotter
(an RFA who made $900,000 last season).
Eric Engels has a good
piece on the Plekanec
My opinion: Pleks is outta here. He’ll be 28 in
October, and this is his career crack at a UFA bonanza.
Hometown discount? I call that a tax on stupidity. Pleks’s hometown is Kladno.
GM somewhere in this wacky league who’ll pay Pleks $5 million. I don’t
think that general manager is named Pierre Gauthier.
As for the
I don’t envy Gauthier having to make this
What if they trade Price and he fulfills his immense potential somewhere else?
What if they trade Jaro, whose value never will be higher (but still may lag Price’s), and Price gets off to a rocky start?
You think the Bell Centre boo birds won’t have fresh memories of Jaro carrying the team through two playoff series?
Halak made $800,000 last season. What do you suppose an arbitrator would give him … after Keri Lehtonen gets $10.6 million over three years in Dallas?
It’s not an easy call, like dumping BGL. And what Gauthier does between now and July 1 could shape the future of the franchise.
So have at it, peeps.
Offer up your sage advice.
And please, Priceians, Halakites and neutrals: Try to keep it civil.
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Wow! Spector’s list of buyout candidates includes Andrei Kostitsyn.