Former 40-goal scorer available for free to the Habs

Published January 2, 2022 at 3:22 PM

The St. Louis Blues have announced that they have placed veteran James Neal on waivers.

Neal, 34, had signed a one-season, $750,000 contract with the Blues last October.

He is no longer the 40-goal scorer he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he could bring great leadership and experience to a team in need.

Why not the Montreal Canadiens? Dominique Ducharme's roster is decimated by injuries and COVID-19 cases. Clearly, Neal couldn't hurt the Habs.

Furthermore, James Neal is a power play specialist who works like poison in front of the net. This has been his trademark for the past few years.

Remember that the Habs' powerplay units are 32nd overall in the NHL.

The left winger has four points in 17 games this year with the Missouri team.

Could he be of interest to Jeff Gorton? After all, it's a very low risk bet.

We'll find out tomorrow at 2 p.m.!
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