THE FINAL PIECE

For the past several years, the Montreal Canadiens have been an iconic Canadian playoff team. The team has goaltending. The team has adequate goal-scoring. The team has a steady blue line. But what has plagued the team from making the step for championship contention? The team needs the final piece to their playoff puzzle. A defenceman? A forward?

Jaromir Jagr has surfaced as a valuable veteran that any contending playoff team would need. The 43 year-old forward is playing his 23rd NHL season, and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down his chase for a third Stanley Cup. Jagr has 11 goals and 18 assists, for 29 points in 52 games on a 13th ranked New Jersey Devils team of the Eastern Conference. On Monday, Jagr told New Jersey Advance Media: “If something comes up, I’ll be traded. What’s the reason to keep me? I’m not important to this team.” Jaromir Jagr’s comment on his future certainly drew questions as to where he might play following the March 2nd NHL trade deadline.

A destination that would be fitting for Jagr might be playing alongside his fellow Kladno, Czech Republic native Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens. The two forwards are great friends, and Jagr did inquire to play for the Canadiens in his return from the KHL. Plekanec and Jagr have played on the same line for the Czech Republic in international play, and would be probable linemates if the New Jersey forward were to be traded to the Canadiens.

If the Montreal Canadiens were to acquire Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils, they would likely be asked to pay a steep price for the talented veteran. Jagr would add size and scoring on the wing, and would likely be paired with his countryman Tomas Plekanec. The Montreal Canadiens would likely take a promising gamble with the acquisition of the veteran forward who would provide as a mentor on and off the ice.

Jagr’s stats: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8448208

Jagr’s statement to the media: http://bit.ly/1FlptKo

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