Montreal Canadiens: New Sunday Shinny, Should Habs Sign Jaromir Jagr?

Kamal PanesarCorrespondent IMay 16, 2011

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 23:  Jaromir Jagr #68 of Czech Republic is pursued by Janis Sprukts #5 of Latvia during the ice hockey Men's Play-off qualification match between the Czech Republic and Latvia on day 12 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at UBC Thunderbird Arena on February 23, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Greetings folks! I'm popping my head out of my cave during a minor break in renos to discuss a little puck.

So, if you haven't already heard, Jaromir Jagr said to the press—after the Czech Republic won the bronze medal in the Worlds—that he would consider playing for the Penguins, Rangers or Canadiens in an NHL return.

He went on to say that hockey in Montreal and Canada is crazy and unlike anywhere else. He said he's never played in Canada and would like to but that " never know."

Sounds pretty clear that he would love playing in Montreal with fellow countryman Tomas Plekanec.

We discussed this topic on the Sunday Shinny this past weekend (you can listen to it below). In short, my view is that Jagr is more of a plan "B" to me, since he isn't a long term solution. The Habs desperately need more scoring up front and Jagr, playing on a line with Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri, would surely help in the department.

He wouldn't put up 100 points, but would likely put up 60.

That being said, he is not likely to play more than a year or so and, being in a building mode, the Canadiens are better off looking for longer term help. Try Brooks Laich or Ville Leino or even my personal favorite, Curtis Glencross.

Failing the ability to land some kind of longer term help I wouldn't hesitate to bring in Jagr for a year or two.

Word also has it that Habs' GM Pierre Gauthier hasn't yet ruled out signing Jagr, so the plot is certainly thickening!

What are your thoughts? Would you take a flyer on Jagr?

New Sunday Shinny podcast

In this episode of the Sunday Shinny, we had a full house in studio with Gary Whittaker, Nick Murdocco, Kamal Panesar, Amanda Stein and Sean Coleman welcoming Will Martinez to the show.

Topics include:

- The Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Boston Bruins
- Who will win? How do they matchup?
- San Jose Sharks versus the Vancouver Canucks
- Who will win? How do they matchup?
- Alexei Yemelin
- The Montreal Canadiens defense and forwards
- Jaromir Jagr
- And much more...

Click here to listen in (listing time 40:19).


Kamal is a freelance Habs writer, Senior Writer/Editor-in-Chief of, Montreal Canadiens Blogger on and Habs writer on Kamal is also a weekly contributor to the Sunday Shinny on The Team 990 (AM 990) every Sunday from 8 to 9 a.m. Listen live at

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