Needed: Scoring center (speculation only)

I really like the Habs this season. They’re playing well and seem to be all on the same page. Aside from a bit of inconsistent play, I only have one complaint:

the second line.

Now, to be honest, I can’t believe with the talent on that line they haven’t been scoring. Kovalev and Samsonov?? These guys have skill and the ability to score. Yes, they haven’t been playing up to par but I also believe that the Habs are rushing Plekanec into a role he just isn’t either a) ready or b) suited for.
We need someone who can set up these two wingers but who can also score too.

Now, that’s a lot to ask seeing what we are willing to give up. Aebisher and Niinnima are the two names that keep on coming up (Samsonov too, but I don’t think we are going to trade him unless it’s a major deal)

So, who is avaliable, and by avaliable I also mean affordable. The 2 names at center that come to mind are: Craig Conroy and Sergei Fedorov.

Conroy has a physical and defensive element that has been really missing for the lineup, while Fedorov is, well, Fedorov and it’s not hard to imagine that all-Russian line.

Both are under performing by a huge margin, and in both cases it’s somewhat of a risk (in the case of Fedorov, it also means have his next year salary at over 6mil). These players would have to turn around in a big way, but if they did it could dramatically improve the team. But that’s a big if.

In either case, with the Habs still playing well, I don’t see this or any trade coming in the near future. But, as it stands, the 2nd line center role is missing and needs to be filled.

7 Responses to Needed: Scoring center (speculation only)

  1. habsoverserver says:

    we had a scoring center named Ribiero who led the team in points 2 seasons ago.  then the fans chased him out of town.  now they are trying to chase the top goal scorer out of town. 

    this isn't how you build a hockey team.

  2. Les-Habitants says:

    There was a reason people chased Ribeiro out, and why Gainey decided to trade him after coaching him for the majority of the season.
    We all know he has skill, but he plays with no heart, has no speed, and was definitly a negative in the locker-room.  Did we do right by trading him for Niinnima?  I don't know, but in reality the Habs are a better team without Ribeiro.  They play harder, they are more consistent, and the chemistry within the team is obviously better.

    Ribeiro's got skill, but his loss is still an addition by subtraction.  I wish him the best, but the habs are a better team without him.

  3. saku_rulz says:

    EXACTLY! if i were gainey, even knowing how niinima turned out, i would still make that trade 100 times out of 100!
    and plz, leading scorer 2 yrs ago…..compared to who?dagenais?zednik?bulis?c'mon……..not a big competition out there!yah saku was there and on a pts/game, saku was ahead of him!

  4. hockey_expert1 says:

    Getting Conroy would make me cry tears of happiness but it would cost Gainey big time. Lombardi knows talent when he sees it and will suck a top prospect or two out of Montreal if conroy leaves LA.

    As for Fedorov, well we don't need another noheart Russian stinking up the second line.

    Also, Brylin is supposedly on the market (I don't mind him for a Russian).

  5. habsoverserver says:

    not at all true, gainey re-signed ribiero and it wasn't until he made a panic move to get another defenseman that he moved Ribs  for a dman. 

    If he didn't like Ribs he would have traded him in the offseason for another scoring center. 

    I don't mind that Ribs was traded but to give up scoring for an expensive spare part is just plain dumb. 

    Bottom lone Gainey has even less of a second line center than he had last season and Dallas got a cheap call on a (longshot) potential all-star.

  6. stanleyfan says:

    The person I would love to see in Montreal is Ryan Getzlaf from Ana. I doubt anything we offered would pry him away from the ducks but he seems to have the whole package, size, scoring ability, and is only 21 and making league minimum.

  7. Hoobey says:

     Do you guys think i am out of line by saying that russian hockey players are for the most part lazzy players, not all of them but most of them!

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