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Michael Ziegler
Education: Bialik High School Class of 2013, Dawson College Class of 2015, McGill Political Science Student. Born and raised in Montreal, the Canadiens have always been a big part of my life. What started out as a way to blow off some steam after a tough loss in the 2011 playoffs eventually became a popular hit with Facebook friends around the internet. On PGT, I like to dissect each and every Habs game and promote discussion about the team. Other interests: Aside from Hockey and sports in general, I love music. During the summer I work for Camp Wingate, a sleep-away sports camp just north of Montreal. Favourite places in Webspace: If you are looking for the latest news around the NHL, visit NHL.com For more Montreal Canadiens talk, visit Allaboutthehabs.com, or hockeyinsideout.com

5 Free Agents The Habs Should Target

1. Zach Parise
This one is obvious. Parise is a dynamic offensive talent who has scored 30 goals four times in his career, including a 45 goal season. The Devils don't have the money to re-sign Parise unless they somehow get rid of Kovalchuk's contract. Look for him to become a free agent July 1st.
My offer: $42,000,000 over 6 years



2. Ryan Suter
Another obvious choice to help bolster the blueline, Suter is definitely one of the better defenseman on the market this summer. While he is mainly a defensive defenseman, Suter has shown the ability to put up some solid numbers throughout his NHL career. If the Canadiens could get there hands on Suter, it would be a huge boost to their back-end.
My offer: $35,000,000 over 5 years




3. Tuomo Ruutu
Ruutu, 6'02, 202lbs, would add a physical dimension to the team that it is lacking. While Ruutu has never really put up eye-popping numbers, he has been a very effective player for the Hurricanes this season. Ruutu was injured Monday night againt the Habs and it is looking less likely that he will be dealt by the deadline.
My offer: $13,500,000 over 3 years


4. Zenon Konopka
Konopka would be more of a depth signing as he is more suited to play a 4th line/enforcer role. What many people don't know is that Konopka is an awesome face-off man and a very good penalty killer.
My offer: $2,000,000 over 2 years

Zenon Konopka Kyle Clifford #13 of the Los Angeles Kings fights with Zenon Konopka #28 of the New York Islanders during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum on February 19, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.

5. Shane Doan
Doan is getting up there in age but adding his veteran presence in the locker room could be huge. The Habs lost one of their best leaders when the traded Jaro Spacek for Tomas Kaberle. Also it looks as if Hal Gill won't be back with the team next year either. Also don't forget that Doan is still a pretty good player who has the ability to put up 20-25 goals.
My offer: 3,500,000 over 1 year



Honorable mentions: Matt Carle (Phi), Paul Gaustad (Buf), Jarrett Stoll (LA), Adrian Aucoin (Pho)


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