Should the Habs Trade for Jason Pominville?

The Montreal Canadiens Management is steering the ship towards the basement of the NHL. For a team that once led the standings 10 games into the same season to set a franchise record to start the season is now setting a franchise record for losing streak that last occurred during the Great Depression era. While missing out on players like David Perron and Vincent Lecavalier who would have created that instant spark to help guide the Habs into playoff contention the team’s playoffs hopes are now all but squashed with their lack of scoring, something that has plagued the team for decades now. A player who seems to have no problems scoring when playing against the Montreal Canadiens is 33 year old winger from Repentigny, Quebec Jason Pominville. Former Captain of the Buffalo Sabres, this player would provide the Habs with the leadership and offensive skill to get them scoring again. Although he is struggling for the Minnesota Wild right now a change of scenery and playing alongside a playmaker like fellow Quebecer David Desharnais might do the trick. Pominville’s presence could help lead a team of defensive forwards to find their way back to the scoreboard.

After watching Lars Eller granted extra playing time by the coaching staff to only put up 20 point seasons for years now, a straight up trade could help both the Wild and Habs. Let’s face it, Lars Eller is not a classic Habs style player like Pominville. Anyone who has seen Pominville’s smooth skating, swift passing and quick shot knows that he could be the glue that is missing in the Habs offence. A junior player like Charles Hudon who put up 2 points and went +2 in his first two games ever in the NHL would ignite on a potential 2nd All Quebec line with Desharnais and potentially Pominville. This would take the pressure off the Gallagher-Plekanec-Pacioretty line as well as not force Dale Weisse and other 3rd line players to be in a role they are not suited for. With Carey Price out for a while and the Habs goaltending situation soft, the Management really needs to beef up the offence and what better way than acquiring Pominville as soon as possible to save the season.



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