Free agent forward, and future Hall of Famer, Jaromir Jagr is currently looking for a new home as his last team, the Boston Bruins, are not going to re-sign him for the 2013-2014 season.
Jagr’s agent has said that there are three teams in the mix to pick him up this summer, and one of those teams that have been mentioned is the Montreal Canadiens.
Would it be a wise move for the Habs to sign Jagr?
Even at Jagr’s advanced age of 41-years-old, I believe it would be a smart move for the Canadiens to sign him to a one or two year deal. At 41, Jagr is still considered to be an offensive threat and right now is the best unrestricted free agent out on the market. This is one of the reasons why the Habs should be in play for Jagr
Another reason is what the Canadiens are missing in their lineup, which is size. The Canadiens definitely lack in the size department when it comes to their forwards, as 6-foot-nothing is pretty much the average size of the Habs roster. Jagr is 6-foot-3 240 pounds, and not only will his ability to score goals become a big factor for the Canadiens but his tremendous puck possession and the inability of other players to knock him off the puck will also help the Habs’ overall offense. Also this will help their defense if you think about it, because how can a team score if they don’t have the puck?
Will bringing Jagr to Montreal guarantee them a Stanley Cup this year?
I wouldn’t go that far but, with Jagr in the Canadiens lineup, they will definitely be a playoff team. And unlike last year, they could actually make a deep run as Jagr is the type of player that makes everyone better around him. He isn’t a future Hall of Famer for no reason.