Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tomas Plekanec Jersey Card

All summer, I've been hearing nonsense on Montréal Canadiens forums, like ''he's awful'', ''he has slowed down'', ''he won't score 10 this year'', ''I'm glad he isn't the captain'', ''trade him'', and ''he's no Patrice Bergeron''... and yet here stands Tomas Plekanec, atop the league scoring leaders, with 3 goals in 2 games - a game-winner, and a game-tying goal.

Sure, playing with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher finally gives him capable offensive wingers rather than restrict him to just playing defensively, but that kind of talent doesn't just disappear anyway. Plus, he's always been great internationally with the Czech Republic, shining alongside Jaromir Jagr, at times even captaining the team.

It won't last, because nothing ever does, and no one has ever scored 100 goals (and Wayne Gretzky's record of 92 will stand for a long time still). I just hope no team makes it difficult for GM Marc Bergevin to hold on to him for a long time by offering a solid top-6 forward and two top-60 draft picks to obtain him this season - he still has another year left on a contact that carries a reasonable $5M cap hit.

Among the current crop of Habs players, he and Andrei Markov are the two I really, absolutely want to see retire as Canadiens - with P.K. Subban (and eventually maybe Galchenyuk) as (a) strong candidate(s) as well.

It was a no-brainer for me to accept a trade with another collector this summer for the following card, a beautiful, extra-thick jersey card from Panini's 2010-11 Dominion set (card #53, numbered 2/99) featuring a nice picture of Plekanec wearing the Habs' classic ''bleu-blanc-rouge'' uniform and a decent-sized blue swatch from the same home jersey:

Unlike last year's set, the 2010-11 Dominion collection was classy, sober, understated and clear. Like the player depicted on the card.

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