Monday, November 13, 2006

Following the Patrick Roy deal

I thought it would be interesting to see exactly what the Habs got in return for arguably the greatest goalie of all-time:

Montreal Canadiens traded Patrick Roy and Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche for Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Rucinsky and Jocelyn Thibault.
Montreal Canadiens traded Andrei Kovalenko to the Edmonton Oilers for Scott Thornton.

Scott Thornton signed as an unrestricted free agent by the San Jose Sharks.
Montreal Canadiens traded Martin Rucinsky and Benoit Brunet to the Dallas Stars for Donald Audette and Shaun Van Allen.

Shaun Van Allen Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators.

Donald Audette signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Florida Panthers.
Chicago Blackhawks traded Jeff Hackett, Eric Weinrich, Alain Nasreddine and 4th round selection (previously acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning - Chris Dyment) in 1999 to the Montreal Canadiens for Jocelyn Thibault, Dave Manson and Brad Brown.

Montreal Canadiens traded Eric Weinrich to the Boston Bruins for Patrick Traverse.

Montreal Canadiens traded Igor Ulanov and Alain Nasreddine to the Edmonton Oilers for Christian Laflamme and Matthieu Descoteaux.

Christian Laflamme signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues.

Montreal Canadiens traded Chris Dyment to the Minnesota Wild for a 5th round selection (later traded to Calgary - Jiri Cetkovsky) in 2002.

Montreal Canadiens traded Jeff Hackett to the San Jose Sharks for Niklas Sundstrom and a 3rd round selection in 2004. * 3rd rounder later traded - information unavailable

Patrick Traverse signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dallas Stars. (later re-acquired by Montreal off waivers from SJ)

Mathieu Descoteaux signed with EHC Freiburg (Germany).

Niklas Sundstrom signed with the MoDo Hockey of the Elitserein (Sweden).
Montreal Trades...
Patrick Roy
Mike Keane
Benoit Brunet
Dave Manson
Brad Brown
Igor Ulanov

In Return For...
Martin Rucinsky - 432 GP, 297 PTS
Andre Kovalenko - 51 GP, 34 PTS
Jocelyn Thibault - 158 starts
Scott Thornton - 187 GP, 46 PTS
Donald Audette - 90 GP, 37 PTS
Shaun Van Allen - 54 GP, 15 PTS
Jeff Hackett - 161 starts
Eric Weinrich - 203 GP, 72 PTS
Alain Nasreddine - 8 GP, 0 PTS
Chris Dyment - 0 GP
Patrick Traverse - 109 GP, 23 PTS
Christian Laflamme - 54 GP, 5 PTS
Matthieu Descoteaux - 5 GP, 2 PTS
Jiri Cetkovsky - 0 GP
Niklas Sundstrom - 154 GP, 49 PTS

That's 1347 total games on forward/D (primarily from Rucinsky, Weinrich, Thornton and Sundstrom) and 580 points, plus another 319 starts in goal out of Thibault and Hackett.

Just over 11 years later (once Sundstrom returned to Europe) the Canadians have nothing left to show for the deal. Over that time the team made the playoffs six times and won three rounds.

Of course King Patrick would go on to play eight seasons in Colorado, winning two Cups and sixteen playoff rounds.


Anonymous said...

I like this entry. Wow, that's gret that you summarized that. I wonder what GM's think about something like this when the "look back" --- I'm not sure enough of them do... always claiming to be looking forward ;)

dannyt99 said...

Thanks. I did the same thing once for the Lindros and Gretzky trades - I will have to update them and post one of these days..

Robert L said...

Danny99 - Interesting you should bring this up. Quebec's dealing of Lindros actually garned the Avs Roy via Thibault, as I'm sure you know.

To save you the trouble of a weeks hard work, I posted a three parter on the Gretzky deal, back a few moths ago. Here's the link:

Parts 1 and 2 are good reads also - I just hope I never ever have to do so much research again! Enjoy

The Roy piece here was a good read and at a quick peek I enjoyed the site. If don't get around to linking up to in a matter of days, drop by and remind me. Thanks.

BTW: Scott Thorton did fetch the Habs one Juha Lind - another of GM Houle's forgotten master strokes. Lind went on to become completely irrelevant!

Have a good one!