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Why Tomas Plekanec Should be Traded
- Updated: July 9, 2014
If you’re anything like me, you cringed just a little bit when Montreal Canadiens mainstays Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges packed their bags and bolted out of town. But, once again, if you’re anything like me you realize that change is inevitable, and in some cases, needed.
In the case of Tomas Plekanec, another Canadiens mainstay, you have to wonder if he will be the next veteran to be leaving Montreal. As we all know, Les Habitants have an abundance of centers, with young potential superstar, Alex Galchenyuk, ready, in my opinion, to thrive in his original position. With that being said, in my mind, it makes Tomas Plekanec expendable. Now, before some of you readers jump all over me, let me explain. The Canadiens have Pleks, along with Lars Eller, David Desharnais, Manny Malhotra and potentially Alex Galchenyuk who all either play or can play center. A trade of one of these centers could potentially make the Habs a better team, and unfortunately for Plekanec, he’s the odd man out that could be traded.
The Canadiens obviously aren’t trading Galchenyuk or Eller, unless Marc Bergevin receives an offer that he can’t refuse. The Habs aren’t trading recently acquired faceoff specialist, Manny Malhotra, because that would make little to no sense.
David Desharnais wouldn’t be all that attractive to GM’s around the league, due to three factors: 1) His diminutive size, 2) His contract, and 3) His one dimensional play.
So, looking at those factors, Pleks is the odd man out. I’d imagine that Marc Bergevin’s cell phone would overheat and melt due to the sheer mind boggling amount of calls he would be receiving from GM’s around the league if in fact Plekanec were being shopped. Versatile, 2-way forwards who can play in their own end, kill penalties, and consistently score 20 goals per season don’t come along everyday of the week.
It makes you wonder, with the Evander Kane fiasco in Winnipeg, could Bergevin offer up Plekanec as part of a package to try and land Kane out of Winnipeg? Its an interesting thought.
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