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NHL Trade Rumors: Montreal Canadiens Should Pursue Jaromir Jagr

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Dallas Stars looks on after celebrating his goal with teammates Alex Goligoski #33 and Eric Nystrom #24 in the third period of their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on March 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Stars defeated the Kings 2-0.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Jon ReidCorrespondent IIApril 2, 2013

Oh, trade deadline week. It never fails to generate excitement.

With the 2013 NHL season being a shortened one, we were waiting until the last possible minute to decide whether or not plenty of teams would be buyers or sellers.

This has resulted in a whirlwind of rumors in the days leading up to Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.

The latest hot rumor to surface is that the Dallas Stars are looking to deal Jaromir Jagr (via Pierre LeBrun):

 

Told the Dallas Stars have decided to trade Jaromir Jagr. My sense is Boston leads the list of front-runners

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 2, 2013

 

 

LeBrun also reminds us that the 41-year-old winger would help just about any team that is playoff bound:

At this point if I'm a playoff-bound team I phone Dallas on Jagr. He can help ANYONE.

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 2, 2013

 

 

Jeff Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, takes it a step further, giving us a list of three teams that are specifically interested in Jagr's services:

Boston, Montreal, Philly among the teams after Jagr

— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) April 2, 2013

 

If Pagnotta is accurate when it comes to the three teams he suggests have interest in Jagr, the team that stands out to me is the Montreal Canadiens.

The Habs were seen as one of the Eastern Conference's bottom feeders coming into the 2013 season but have been one of the most surprising teams in the league with a record of 23-7-5 (they also sit three points clear of the Boston Bruins for the Northeast Division lead).

Yet the Canadiens could still use more offense.

Michael Ryder, Max Pacioretty and defenseman P.K. Subban are all tied for the team lead with 28 points.

Thanks to contributions from the defensemen and a balanced attack up front, Montreal has been able to outscore their opponents 111-84.

Jaromir Jagr, who has 26 points himself this season in Dallas, would fit well into the Canadiens' system and would give the Habs another consistent source of offense, as well as veteran leadership and playoff experience.

Adding Jagr would provide Montreal with a major boost as the playoffs approach.

Oh, and if adding Jagr for their own benefit wasn't enough, the fact that their division rival Boston Bruins are also making a push to add the 41-year-old Czech should provide a little more motivation.

 

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