Tomas Plekanec almost had a fine year. The turtleneckian-one led the team during the regular season with 25 goals and 45 assists, and I thank him for that. Thank you, Tomas.
Unfortunately, he was asleep for much of the playoffs, and I don’t thank him for that.
He was needed so much in the post-season and didn’t come through, racking up a very mediocre four goals and seven assists in the 19 games the Habs went through. Several more goals from Tomas and we might not have found ourselves in such a pickle.
So the problem is, has he become another one of those notorious players who doesn’t show up when the going gets tough, and if so, do you give him a big, fat raise? Plekanec becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and will be looking for a major pay hike to be sure. He makes $2.75 million now, and will probably want at least double that.
And what if another team comes calling, offering six million or more? Do we match it? I say no.
It’s just one of many problems Pierre Gauthier will have to solve.
Meanwhile, it’s obvious the team is lacking here and there, and why would I even attempt to analyse things when Tom Collins at Ryan Coke Experience writes about What The Habs Should Do This Summer and has done a bang-up job of it? Of course Tom might find some opposition to his idea of dealing away Andrei Markov, but he explains it all, and what he says makes some serious sense.
Tom isn’t a Habs blogger per say; he delves into the NFL and television and movies and such, (I’m still in shock from when he said the Beatles were overrated), but he’s also a Habs fan who has a real knack at crunching numbers and moving players around and is a pretty smart cat, and I feel that when I’m owner, Tom should be part of upper-management with the rest of my hand-picked team.