NHL Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens Should Pursue Jaromír Jágr

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Following the 2011-12 season, Jaromír Jágr inked a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars worth $4.5 million. However, two days later he made it known that he was interested in playing for the Montreal Canadiens first. “I always wanted to play in Canada and I wanted to go to Montreal if I had a chance, but Montreal wasn’t interested,” said Jágr.

The Canadiens passed on signing Jágr and opted to play their younger players. Now in first place in the Northeast Division, they might have to reconsider adding the veteran to their roster.

Jágr is a 19-year NHL veteran and two time Stanley Cup Champion. The Canadiens could really use his experience and scoring ability. Over his career, the Czech has tallied 1,678 points on 679 goals and 999 assists. He holds the record for most consecutive seasons with 30 or more goals and most consecutive seasons with 70 or more points.

The 12-time all-star is a top-line forward, even at 41 years-old, that could play alongside Tomas Plekanec and relieve the pressure on Brian Gionta to produce. The addition of Jagr would put the Habs in a great place to go far into the postseason.

Of course the Canadiens would have to give up something to get Jagr on their roster, but depending on what the give up, the Habs could have four great lines that could produce offensively.

The Canadiens would also benefit financially by adding the forward. There are a number of fans who would purchase a red and blue jersey with the Jagr on the back.

The NHL trade deadline is only days away and only time will tell if the Canadiens give the Stars a call.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox and NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.