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Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.
Since Brian Gionta is team captain, he also is unlikely to be traded.
That isn’t to say teams don’t trade their captains (Montreal fans certainly could have made a drinking game out of it in the '90s). However, teams headed to the playoffs rarely do. With 52 points in 42 games (on pace for over 100 points), the Habs almost certainly fall into that latter group.
In addition, he does have 20 points (which isn’t horrible), and he’s also defensively aware. As such, he would represent a big loss, and his departure would leave a hole on the second line, on which he’s become a staple…for some reason.
Still, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that the Habs trade him out of town and replace him in the lineup in one fell swoop, especially if they sweeten the deal for the other team with a draft pick or two.
Take, for example, the New Jersey Devils and Jaromir Jagr. Jagr, despite being 42, leads the Devils with 34 points (which would also be best on the Habs). He also has built-in chemistry with second-line center Tomas Plekanec, with both being Czech and having played together during the lockout.
To make matters even more interesting, Gionta spent seven seasons in Jersey, and his brother Stephen currently plays there. Both Gionta and Jagr have expiring contracts, and a trade would make for good press all around.
That’s the good news. The bad news is Bergevin seems to hate the idea of acquiring Jagr, or maybe he just hates Jagr straight up. That’s never been made all that clear. Maybe Jagr pissed him off when they were teammates once upon a time, or maybe Bergevin resents his ability to play into his 40s.
What has become public knowledge, however, is that Jagr has expressed interest in playing in Montreal for the last few seasons. He has even reached out to Habs management only to have Bergevin say "no" to the future Hall of Famer, according to the Montreal Gazette.
That was in 2012 when Bergevin was reportedly looking to give his younger players a chance to crack the lineup following a dreadful last-place finish in the Eastern Conference.
Flash forward a year after the Habs won the Northeast Division, and Bergevin understandably decided to sign a veteran presence to push the team over the top. Incomprehensibly, he made that veteran Daniel Briere while Jagr remained available only to eventually sign with Jersey for $2 million less.
For more bad news, according to TSN, Jagr doesn’t want to be traded come the March 5 deadline. He may not have a no-trade clause, but Jagr has potentially earned GM Lou Lamoriello’s respect (and that of everyone else) to the point that he won’t be moved, as per his request.
That’s not even taking into account how the Devils are just two points out of the last Metropolitan playoff spot. There’s just no reason for them to downgrade from Jagr to a 5’7”, 173-pound forward on the decline.
This hypothetical dream deal, or any involving Gionta for that matter, is likely to remain merely a pipe dream as a result.