Friday, December 23, 2011

Build your own team of former Montreal Canadiens players

Now that we've reached the yearly Christmas break hiatus, it's an appropriate time to look at the Montreal Canadiens situation and wonder why things have turned out so badly for a team that was supposed to battle for a least a playoff spot in 2011-12.

Following their worst performance of the season yesterday night in Winnipeg, a 4-0 loss, the Canadiens are now mired in a season-long five consecutive losses, their longest since Jacques Martin became the team's head coach in October 2009.

The club looks bored, hapless and flat, especially since Jacques Martin's firing that occurred last Saturday only a few hours before the team lost 5-3 against the New Jersey Devils. Martin's assistant, Randy Cunneyworth, took over as the team's interim head coach without much success so far.

Under Cunneyworth, the Habs have scored a mere 6 goals in 4 games (1.5 GPG average) while allowing a dismal 17 goals (4.25 GAG average). Some veterans, such as Michael Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec and Hal Gill, look lost, disinterested on the ice and like they don't want to work hard and give their 100 percent for their new coach.

Several moves made by general manager Pierre Gauthier and previous GM Bob Gainey, have proven to be costly financially and unproductive on the ice—for example Scott Gomez and Andrei Markov).

Let's have a look at what the Habs' line-up could look like if it was only filled with former players. Below you will find a list of all players who played for the Canadiens since the 2004-05 lock-out, whether they were traded or let go via free agency by the organization.

Your roster must include 2 goalies, 6 defensemen and 12 forwards, and fit under the NHL salary cap of $64.3MM.


Jaroslav Halak - 6 wins ($3.75M)

Jose Theodore - 13 wins ($1.5M)

Alex Auld - 1 win ($1M)

Curtis Sanford - 5 wins ($600,000)


James Wisniewski - 16 points ($5.5MM)

Mark Streit - 18 points ($4.1MM)

Mike Komisarek - 4 points ($4.5MM)

Francois Beauchemin - 11 points ($3.8MM)

Roman Hamrlik - 2 points ($ 3.5MM)

Ryan O'Byrne - 5 points ($1.8M)

Sheldon Souray - 15 points ($1.65M)

Francis Bouillon - 4 points ($1.35M)

Ryan McDonagh - 14 points (1.3M)

Marc-Andre Bergeron - 22 points ($1M)

Jeff Woywitka - 5 points ($650,000)


Mike Ribeiro - 24 points ($5MM)

Alex Tanguay - 22 ponts ($3.5MM)

Michael Ryder - 21 points ($3.5MM)

Mikhail Grabovski -15 points ($2.9MM)

Sergei Kostitsyn - 15 points ($2.5MM)

Saku Koivu - 15 points ($2.5MM)

Guillaume Latendresse - 9 points ($2.5MM)

Chris Higgins - 22 points ($1.9M)

Matt D'Agostini - 12 points ($1.65M)

Benoit Pouliot - 8 points ($1.1M)

Dominic Moore - 11 points ($1.1M)

Maxim Lapierre - 9 points ($1M)

Tom Kostopoulos - 7 points ($916,667)

Jeff Halpern - 9 points ($825,000)

Kyle Chipchura - 4 points ($550,000)

Tom Pyatt - 4 points ($525,000)

My potential roster:



Defensive pairings:




Offensive lines:





Total cap hit: $47.85MM

So who would you choose? Which former player(s) would you really want back in Montreal?

Fred is a freelance sports writer and translator, as well as a Montreal Canadiens blogger on and a baseball columnist on Fred also joined in time for the 2011-12 season.

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I love your blogger so i think that you can write a message for my blog in french and i can do the same thing.I know, maybe you don't understand my english but you can correct. Answer in comment:

Great post! Yet the fact is that our present roster is, on paper, significantly better than the one you've come up with. It's a perverse testament to how this team has improved over the years that it's so. And it goes to show the problem isn't in fact talent.

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