It’s becoming somewhat of a post-season cliche but once again MontrealCanadiens GM Marc Bergevin is staring down the face of the 2014 off-season that could significantly change the way the Montreal Canadiens look when September rolls around. He’s already locked up highly coveted aging blue liner Andrei Markov to a 3 year $17.250 million dollar deal with a limited NTC, and this signining will likely weigh on the other decisions to be made with the organization.
With ThomasVanek headed to the Minnesot….Free Agency, the Habs would be wise to acquire another impact forward; for the first time in a long while, due to smart drafting on the part of Bergevin and Trevor Timmins the Canadiens have plenty of firepower to negotiate with to acquire a solid top six winger. EvanderKane’s name has been circling the rumor mill like pack of sharks to a school of fish, and it would be silly to think the Habs aren’t interested in the robust winger’s services.
Here are the top 8 reasons why Montreal needs to Acquire Evander Kane.
He’s a big aggressive impact player yet to reach his potential, and oh right…he’s already hit the 30-goal mark in his career.
2. The Winnipeg Jets are asking for a young top 6 or top 4 player + in return for Kane – Montreal, has both pieces available – sweeten the pot with a solid prospect and a pick and we’ll be looking at Evander Kane in Le Bleu Blanc et Rouge next season.
Chevy and #nhljets would want a young top 6 F or young top 4 D in return for Kane. Player must be coming of age or in prime and locked up
3. Montreal has a backlog at center, and desperately needs a top line forward to be what Vanek wasn’t. Shipping out one of Desharnais (who like it or not is a top 6 forward), Plekanec, Emelin or Gorges with a prospect like Reway, Nygren, Hudon as well as a pick and we may have a tantalizing deal – enough for the Jets to at least take a nibble at. It’s also worth mentioning that Habs have a new shiny piece that will likely garner interest in Dustin Tokarski.
4. Trading away a center would give Galchenyuk the necessary space to switch to his natural position and continue to develop into the dominant top line center he was projected to be.
5. Trading away a defender has been speculated now that Markov is signed to a 3 year deal – with Beaulieu, Tinordi, Pateryn all having spent more than enough time in Hamilton it is conceivable that a roster D may in fact be dealt to make room for these young defenders.
As @HunterZThompson pointed out yesterday, if Habs are to get younger & w/Markov’s new deal, they likely need to say bye to a d-man or two.
6. Having two impact forwards in Pacioretty & Kane would bring them one giant step forward toward being a Stanley Cup contender.
7. Evander Kane who is locked up until 2018 – would be a welcome addition to the locker room – there are plenty of players in his age group on the Habs and that would likely smooth the transition as he’d have a much easier time developing with a handful of players who are in the same boat as him.
8. Bergevin surprised a lot of people at the trade deadline by snagging what was thought to be the biggest rental available in Thomas Vanek – he’s shown that he has the nerve and ability to make big deals – with Evander Kane available, Rick Dudley is likely whispering in the ear of the young GM to pounce on the opportunity and snag the rare young impact forward. With Winnipeg now in the Western Conference it could play into Bergevin’s hands as the Jets would want to trade Evander Kane as far away as possible.