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Why Tomas Plekanec Should be Traded

Habs Tomas Plekanec

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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3 Comments

  1. Malmn

    July 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Cam Charron from Leafs Nation here, Malmn told me to comment on your article, If you think weak soft centers like Pleky and Desharmsus as the Habs top 2 centers are gonna win us anything, dream on. Not just that but look at the team’s Top 5 now, (Vanek gone), Pacioretty, Galchenyuk, Plekanec, Desharnais and Gallagher, how weak is that?? Werent they the same players that got Shutout in New York in our elimination game?? And you fools are habby. Also, look at the bottom six players, Weise Prust, Bourque, Moen, We always skate FOUR players on our bottom six we acquired from other teams, which means in 12 TWELEVE Yrs of Trevor Timmins drafting, he cant even find us decent Third and Fourth line players..Print That!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jeff Fleming

    July 10, 2014 at 12:08 am

    where did i say those players would win us a cup?

  3. Stanley from Hull

    July 10, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Malmn, I also agree with you that we cant win with those 2 at center, Galchenyuk will be in his third year here, when is going to start being that star we all we told he would be, and what has happened to Lars Eller. What a mess.