Habs need Vincent Lecavalier

With over a quarter of 2011/2012 NHL season complete, the Montreal Canadiens, a day after losing to the last place Columbus Blue Jackets, cannot deny that their playoffs hopes are fading. Without a Stanley Cup in 20 years after this season, the Montreal Canadiens are sailing like a directionless ship. How can Pierre Gauthier and his scouts save the surrent season for the team (more or less their derrieres)? The answer is plain and simple. Trade for 6’4″ powerfoward Vincent Lecavalier. But how can he help the Canadiens team when he is struggling in Tampa right now (ask the critics)?

It’s simple. Lecavalier plays well under pressure. He needs more ice time, more offensive zone ice time, to play in front of family and friends, to play for his country and most importantly to play for his boyhood favourite team the Montreal Canadiens. He is a very strong player (probably the stronger than any player in Habs history) with the size who provides the leadership no current Habs player can provide. With future francophone prospects Louis Leblanc, David Desharnais, Nathan Bealieau and Michael Bournival moving up in the organization, Lecavalier would help spark their play as well as be a mentor big time. The last time the Montreal Canadiens traded for a power forward named Vincent (Damphousse) they shortly afterwards went all the way. Right now only a few of the Canadiens players play as if they are proud they are wearing the red, white and blue jerseys.

Granted there are other skilled players that could bring some value to a team lacking skill and size like Derrick Brassard, Antoine Vermette, Alex Tanguay, Simon Gagne, but none as hot blooded and feisty as Lecavalier. From passing up players like Michel Bossy, Denis Savard, Luc Robitaille, Kris Letang and Claude Giroux (to name a few over the years), the organization can ill afford to give up the chance on repeating it’s mistakes. The time is now and Lecavalier is the spark the Habs need and have needed for a long time.


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