Archive for December, 2011

16
Dec
11

Worst Habs Trades Ever

The Montreal Canadiens have made some bad trades over the last 30 years or so, but below are definitely the worst trades they have made in date order (from most recent to oldest):

June 29, 2011 – James Wisniewski rights traded to Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5th round pick

December 31, 2010 – Maxim Lapierre traded to Anaheim Ducks

August 16, 2010 – Cedrick Desjardins traded to Tampa Bay Lightning for Karri Ramo

June 25, 2010 – 1st round pick (Mark Visentin) in 2010 and a 2nd round pick in 2010 traded to  Phoenix Coyotes

March 2, 2010 – Matt D’Agostini traded to St. Louis Blues for Aaron Palushaj

June 30, 2009 – Chris Higgins, Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko traded to New York Rangers for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto

February 26, 2008 – Cristobal Huet traded to Washington Capitals for a 2nd round pick

September 30, 2006 – Mike Ribeiro and a 6th round pick in 2008 traded to Dallas Stars for Janne Niinimaa and a 5th round pick (Andrew Conboy) in 2007

March 23, 1999 – Vincent Damphousse traded to San Jose Sharks

March 10, 1999 – Mark Recchi traded to Philadelphia Flyers for Danius Zubrus, a 2nd round pick in 1999 and a 6th round pick (Scott Selig) in 2000, previously acquired from the NewYork Islanders

October 29, 1996 – Pierre Turgeon, Rory Fitzpatrick and Craig Conroy traded to St. Louis Blues for Murray Baron, Shayne Corson and a 5th round pick (Gennady Razin) in 1997

December 6, 1995 – Patrick Roy to Colorado Avalanche

April 5, 1995 – Mathieu Schneider in a multi-player trade to New York Islanders

February 9, 1995 – John LeClair, Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne traded to Philadelphia Flyers for Mark Recchi and a 3rd round pick (Martin Hohenberger) in 1995

August 19, 1994 – Guy Carbonneau traded to St. Louis Blues for Jim Montgomery

February 20, 1994 – Stephan Lebeau traded to Anaheim Ducks for Ron Tugnutt

October 5, 1992 – Patrick Lebeau traded to Calgary Flames for future considerations

September 4, 1990 – Claude Lemieux traded to New Jersey Devils for Sylvain Turgeon

June 29, 1990 – Chris Chelios and a 2nd round pick in 1991 traded to Chicago Blackhawks for Denis Savard

November 9, 1984 – John Chabot traded to Pittsburgh Penguins for Ron Flockhart

September 11, 1982 – Doug Risebrough and a 2nd round pick in 1983 traded to Calgary Flames for a 2nd round pick in 1983, previously acquired from Washington and a 3rd round pick in 1984

September 9, 1982 – Doug Jarvis, Rod Langway, Craig Laughlin and Brian Engblom traded to Washington Capitals for Ryan Walter and Rick Green

December 21, 1981 – Pierre Larouche, a 1st round pick (Sylvain Cote) in 1984 and a 3rd round pick  in 1985 which was later traded to Pittsburgh, traded to Hartford Whalers for a 1st round pick (Petr Svoboda) in 1984, a 2nd round pick in 1984

June 5, 1980 – Rick Meagher (future Frank J Selke Winner), a 3rd round pick in 1981 and a 5th round pick in 1981 traded to Hartford Whalers for a 3rd round pick in 1981 and a 5th round pick in 1981

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12
Dec
11

Is Wall Street Desperate?

With Christmas holidays and more importantly the year end for Banks approaching, there is a sense of desperation on Wall Street. With retail investors staying clear of the markets and bankruptcies increasing in the US once again, big financial instituions are longing for year end gains so they can pad their bonuses. With a Santa Claus Christmas Rally coming in 8 of the last 10 years on the stock market, Wall Street is gunning for another repeat winning performance. With the CME lowering margin requirements on oil (the main US Dollar carry trade and commodity that’s price is linked to market performance these days) as well as bond buybacks and zero interest rates policy by The Federal Reserve, this task becomes easier. By why would the Bankers mortgage the whole future of the banking system and economy for gains now? Wouldn’t they want a fair distributed long term approach to business and economic prosperity where all parties involved gains? The answer is greed. They want it all now and the fewer people who get to share in this winfall, the better it is for their ego. In the season where giving whould be a big part of tradition, taking seems to be the bigger theme on desperate Wall Street.

07
Dec
11

Habs need Vincent Lecavalier

With over a quarter of 2011/2012 NHL season complete, the Montreal Canadiens, a day after losing to the last place Columbus Blue Jackets, cannot deny that their playoffs hopes are fading. Without a Stanley Cup in 20 years after this season, the Montreal Canadiens are sailing like a directionless ship. How can Pierre Gauthier and his scouts save the surrent season for the team (more or less their derrieres)? The answer is plain and simple. Trade for 6’4″ powerfoward Vincent Lecavalier. But how can he help the Canadiens team when he is struggling in Tampa right now (ask the critics)?

It’s simple. Lecavalier plays well under pressure. He needs more ice time, more offensive zone ice time, to play in front of family and friends, to play for his country and most importantly to play for his boyhood favourite team the Montreal Canadiens. He is a very strong player (probably the stronger than any player in Habs history) with the size who provides the leadership no current Habs player can provide. With future francophone prospects Louis Leblanc, David Desharnais, Nathan Bealieau and Michael Bournival moving up in the organization, Lecavalier would help spark their play as well as be a mentor big time. The last time the Montreal Canadiens traded for a power forward named Vincent (Damphousse) they shortly afterwards went all the way. Right now only a few of the Canadiens players play as if they are proud they are wearing the red, white and blue jerseys.

Granted there are other skilled players that could bring some value to a team lacking skill and size like Derrick Brassard, Antoine Vermette, Alex Tanguay, Simon Gagne, but none as hot blooded and feisty as Lecavalier. From passing up players like Michel Bossy, Denis Savard, Luc Robitaille, Kris Letang and Claude Giroux (to name a few over the years), the organization can ill afford to give up the chance on repeating it’s mistakes. The time is now and Lecavalier is the spark the Habs need and have needed for a long time.

06
Dec
11

Should Habs Give Thomas Beauregard One More Try?

Deep in the Junior Hockey Leagues lies a former Habs prospect Thomas Beauregard. With 17 points in 17 games currently for the  Wichita Thunder of the CHL Beauregard has returned from Europe to give it one more chance at playing in North America.  The last place AHL Hamilton Bulldogs gave up on him some time back (after playing 8 games in his first season for the Bulldogs). Beauregard was the top goal scorer and an important member of the Cincinatti Cyclones Kelly Cup winning Team (along with his former teammates David Desharnais and Cedrick Desjardins, Matt Aubin, Olivier Latendresse all former Bulldogs players). He once scored 71 goals for Acadie-Bathurst Titan and was the leading goal scorer on the team contributing to the success of his team-mates Dany Masse, Mathieu Carle (both Bulldogs players).

Even Guy Carbonneau was impressed by his talent. The poor guy had been down on his luck when he got injured in his draft year and went undrafted. His brother David had lost his eye sight in one eye while playing and continued playing although declared partially blind. Montreal native Thomas Beauregard has always been an offensive skilled threat on every team he has played. He is one of the few natural goal scorers left in hockey. 

Remember many decades ago a young player initially prone to injury named Maurice Richard was called up to the Montreal Canadiens from their farm team. The rest was history. What if the team had given up on him due to his injuries and never let him play for the Habs? Thomas’ offensive skill and perseverance are  very reminiscent of Maurice Richard. Watching him go one-on-one with Max Pacioretty in rookie camp a few years back and undress the current Habs star, you wonder, what if he played for the Habs like his former teammate David Desharnais (whom Thomas had more goals than in their Kelly Championship winning team the Cincinatti Cyclones). With not having had a 50 goal scorer since Stephan Richer in the 1980’s, what has GM Pierre Gautheir and the Habs organization to lose by giving the Montreal born French Canadian winger one more chance and playing him in his naturally slotted role as a goal scorer.