One big question would be Andrei Kostitsyn or Benoit Pouliot?
Lets just simply put it like this…
Kostitsyn finished the regular season with 20 goals, 25 assists, 45 points, He also was a +3. Kostitsyn had 2 goals in 6 playoff games and was an even player.
Pouliot finished this years regular season with 13 goals, 17 assists, 30 points. He participated in 3 playoff games before being a healthy scratch for the next 4, Pouliot racked up a grand total of 0 points and 7 penalty minutes.
The contractual status of Andrei Kostitsyn is that he will become and RFA come July 1st. Since Kostitsyn is making more than $1million and being a RFA, Kostitsyn would be entitled to a one-year qualifying offer equal to his current $3.25 million salary, if the habs were to qualify him. If he doesn’t like that offer, he can take the club to arbitration. Something I think Kostitsyn and his agent will not go since a one year deal paying him $3.25 million, meaning he will be a UFA the next year would obviously be good for Andrei.
The contractual status of Benoit Pouliot is that he will also become a RFA come July 1st. Since Pouliot is also making more than $1 million he would also be entitled to a one-year qualifying offer equal to his current $1.35 million salary, if the habs were to qualify him.
Of course I believe most teams would pick Kostitsyn over Pouliot, for the reason that he has more experienced, proven 20 goal scorer and has a ton of potential of a top 6 forward which he has shown many times over his time in Montreal. As for Pouliot a former 1st round top 5 draft pick has been a disappointment and hasn’t cracked the 20 goal plateau yet, less experience than AK but probably the same potential and has also shown that he can shoot the puck but hasn’t made that next step.
Although a player that has a salary less than 1.5m playing on a third or fourth line isn’t too bad, the only problem is that he doesn’t play a fourth line role because he is a skilled player but doesn’t have enough confidence and consistency to play a first or second line role. Pierre Gauthier should go out and look for a heart and soul fourth line grinder preferably a center.