03
Apr
13

Should Habs Trade for Vincent LeCavalier?

With the NHL post season approaching within weeks, the Montreal Canadiens are closer than any season since 1993 to challenging for Lord Stanley’s Cup. A far cry from last season’s last place finish in the Eastern Conference, the Habs are now sitting in 2nd place. Is the time now for the Montreal Canadiens? Should they go for it all? Definitely yes. With the deadline hours away, who can they aquire that would guarantee a cup win on the 20th anniversary of Patrick Roy’s heroics of their last championship in 1993? The answer is plain and simple. Trade for 6’4″ powerfoward Vincent Lecavalier.

Set to return to the lineup later this week, Lecavalier would be a good fit with the current team. He 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 stronger than any player in Habs history) with the size who also provides the leadership no current Habs player can provide. With future francophone prospects Louis Leblanc, David Desharnais, Nathan Bealieau, Charles Hudon, Gabriel Dumont, Oliver Archambault 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. But how can the Habs management justify his high salary? Simple, get rid of Brian Gionta. Perhaps one of the least effective captains in Habs history, there is no way the dimunitive Brian Gionta can ever give the Habs the same edge that a Vincent Lecavalier would bring especially against the top lines in the NHL.

But how can such a trade be completed? Montreal would have to ask Gionta to waive his no trade clause by trading him to a team in the playoff hunt of his choice (perhaps like Minnesota or New Jersey Devils) and receive draft picks or prospects in return. This will clear up salary cap. After that, Montreal could trade a high draft pick plus maybe Lars Eller to Tampa for Lecavalier. This might sound insane but Eller would never be able to be a top 3 forward on the team especially with the current roster of forwards plus those coming up in terms of the Hab’s future prospects. Brandon Prust or better yet Galchenyuk could be moved back to his natural position as 3rd line center. David Desharnais could be better utilized as a left wing playmaker or set up man for LeCavalier. From taking the number 4 on his jersey in admiration of the former Habs Captain Jean Beliveau (who was the same height 6’4″ as Vinny), no other player in the NHL has Montreal Canadiens dynasty written all over him but Vicent Lecavalier. Now it is up to Marc Bergevin to do something that no recent GM (since Serg Savard did decades ago) and that is bring a French Canadian superstar to the Montreal Canadiens as well as a Cup winning team.

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