First it was Mats Sundin. Then Marian Hossa. The Sundin again. Then Marian Gaborik, followed by Ilya Kovalchuk. Now, it’s Vincent Lecavalier. Alexander Ovechkin and Jay Bouwmeester were also mentioned in there somewhere.
These are the players that the Montreal Canadiens have supposedly been after in the past year. Of course, none of them are currently dressing for the Habs and are not likely to in the near future.
But the above list goes to show how foolish the media and the fans are. They consistently come up with these ideas for the next superstar player to play for the Canadiens.
Never mind that the Habs are 8-2 in their last 10, despite having many injuries. Apparently, the team needs to be better.
This is why any of these trades don’t make sense.
Montreal will have a slew of free agents this summer. Not all of them will be back. So general manager Bob Gainey needs to make sure the team has a good young talent pool to choose from. Trading away said talent pool means more trouble for the team in the future.
Lecavalier will be making a lot of money, with a no-trade clause to boot, in the next seven years. Does Montreal want or need to have a large portion of their salary cap tied up in one player? No.
Montreal doesn’t have any trouble scoring. They have three good offensive lines as it is. Their pressing need is not more goals. So why try a bunch of players for someone who can put the puck in the net?
If anything, when the trade deadline has come and gone, Montreal will be after acquiring a couple of third and fourth line players (or maybe an extra defenceman) who can help in the playoffs and who have been there before. Maybe a Keith Tkachuk, or Bill Guerin. But they probably won’t make a trade for a big name player that will cost them a lot in youth and draft picks.
It’s just not worth it.