Rabid Habs

Trade Or No Trade?

Devils' Jaromir Jagr

In the last 4 games, Montreal has scored only 6 goals, being the 22nd ranking team overall with a total of 127, only 14 more than their goals against total of 113.

Defensively, thanks to #31 [Carey Price], they are the best team. Strangely, they are allowing too many shots per game to their opposing teams which makes it difficult for Price, who has been nothing less than outstanding in the past few months.

That being said, we clearly see that they are lacking offensive results. Let’s not name names but we could say on the other hand that Galchenyuk and Pacioretty have been the most consistent players in that regard. That is insufficient.

The trade deadline is March 2, will we see GM Bergevin be active and transact to strengthen the core of the Habs or will he choose to go on with the actual roster and give them a pat on the back and say to them: ‘’Let’s go boys, I believe in you, we can do it!’’

Will we see Jagr finally come to Montreal and play alongside Czech buddy Plekanec, duo of which has really been great in International tournaments? We could see a first in Habs’ history in an all-Czech line, Jagr-Plekanec-Sekac. Wouldn’t that be amazing? We could go on and on, for instance see bad-boy Jet Evander Kane come to Montreal and help the powerplay drought issue.

No matter if Bergevin will be active or not, the real question is…do the Montreal Canadiens have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup, which is having some heart, unshakeable determination, and great team spirit? The 1985-86 and 1992-93 Stanley Cup Champions Habs had these elements; players like Claude Lemieux in 1986 and Mike Keane in 1993.

All in all, you can have the best talent in the NHL in your roster but if you are not hungry to win, make the necessary efforts and pay the price every game, you won’t be successful in the playoffs. Remember Thomas Vanek last year, how he was dominant in the last part of the season, but invisible in the playoffs? He probably had his mind already set in Minnesota.

2 Comments

  1. Keith Malone

    February 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

    A think a move has to be made. Just not sure who will get moved. As for heart, This team is not short on that. Gallagher, Prust and Price have more heart than most teams. With that being said, Carey can’t and shouldn’t have to save this team night in and night out. we (yes, I say we) need more scoring and a tighter defensive core. I would be okay with moving Emelin and Eller along with a prospect or two to fill these needs

  2. Dominic Paradis

    February 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Much like every trade offer made, it all depends on the asking price. In Jagr’s case, I wouldn’t give too much, the man could retire at any time, which means that he’s to be considered as only a rental player for this season with little to no chance of coming back next year. And let’s face it, the man is injury prone, not to mention that his performances in the playoffs lately haven’t been awe-inspiring.

    It’s be interesting to see what Bergevin does, if we base ourselves on the past, he’ll probably come up with a trade that no one saw coming.