Tomas Plekanec avoided arbitration by signing with the Canadiens for $2.75 million dollars for one year. And he’s a lucky lad. Because if he would’ve went to arbitration, the arbitrator might have told him he was worth about two million less than he signed for.
Plekanec had all of 39 points last season which is completely unacceptable for an offensive forward whose job it is to be an offensive forward. Thirty-nine points isn’t being offensive. It’s offensive that he wasn’t offensive. Plekanec was one of the reasons the Canadiens did well two seasons ago, and was a big reason they stunk like a duffel bag full of my old hockey gear last season.
Now this huge under-achiever signs for almost three million dollars. What a great job it must be being a hockey player. You can accomplish almost nothing and make millions. And you can get a million dollar raise for absolutely no reason, like Plekanec has just done.
I wish he would’ve gone to arbitration. It’s there they hear all the painful truths. It’s there players are told what the coach and management really thinks of them as hockey players. It’s not an experience for the weak-hearted or emotionally fragile. But Plekanec avoids all this torture, and Bob Gainey gives him a wheelbarrow full of money instead.
Either they trade Plekanec, or he’d better shape up and put more points on the board than a measly thirty-nine. This will be another in a long line of wait-and-sees for this team. Canadiens fans have no time for overpaid floaters who accomplish almost nothing for a team which desperately needs all hands on deck at all times. If he has another season like the last, Plekanec will have robbed the Canadiens in broad daylight.
At least Tom Kostopoulos, a player not expected to rack up points, got his nose dirty. And he had only eight points less than Plekanec last year.