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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Habs News, PA Parenteau, Radulov and More

P.A. Parenteau - Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders 
Morning Hab fans!

Yesterday, Francois Gagnon of La Presse had an interesting piece on upcoming Unrestricted Free Agent P.A Parenteau.

In short, he argued that the Montreal Canadiens must offer him a contract should the Islanders' forward eventually hit the open market.

I could not agree more.

On pace for 69 points this season, the Hull native also delivered an impressive 53 points last year. While he may not produce as much in Montreal - where no John Tavares-type player resides - he would still be a welcome addition to the offense.

And, as a bonus, he is a homegrown product.

Local talent like David Desharnais and Louis Leblanc cannot be alone on an island. If Quebec players are to have any success in Montreal, they need to be surrounded by others from the province.

Or else, the spotlight shines on only a few and, in rougher times, the pressure can become difficult to manage.

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Habs News

Montreal Gazette - Gorges turns Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge into black-and-blue

Montreal Gazette - Lars Eller adjusting to the wing

Montreal Gazette - NCAA championships highlight Habs prospects

RDS - Le Canadien s'inspire des Sénateurs

Hockey News

ESPN - Rant answers: Fans have the Blues

Sports Illustrated - Radulov’s return could upset the West’s balance of power

SportsNet - Committed to the Cause?

The Hockey News - Campbell: Mississauga Rebels defeat Connor McDavid's Toronto Marlboros in OHL Cup final

TSN - Report: Agent confirms Radulov's return to Predators

TSN - Fraser: Determining responsibility on the big hits

TSN - Dreger's Mailbag: Will Radulov fit right in with Predators?

USA Today - Roundup: Pouliot scores twice as Bruins blank Maple Leafs


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2 comments:

I would have concerns with this player.
He only became a full time NHLer at 26 years old and playing with Tavares scored 20 goals last year and is on pace for less this year. We have plenty of play makers, we need finishers. I see us overpaying for a player that will not be able to bring those kind of numbers without his meal ticket.
He will likely cost us around 4-5M per season and will probably be no better than Louis Leblanc playing with Plekanec on the 2nd line.
I would think we could get Brodziak for much less and he might be just as effective plus he brings a little more size.
That would keep some money to fill some other holes.
Barret Jackman & Brandon Prust would also be nice additions.
I don't see any French free agents that would fill our needs this year.

@Hockeyhype: I've got to agree with you here. Parenteau is a nice player but the Habs don't need wingers, they need a legit No. 1 center.

I think IF the Habs are going to make a splash this offseason they have to try and pick up a pivot. Everything else will come into place around that player. Until then, the Habs will continue to suffer on the ice with this gapping hole in their lineup...

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