Top 15 Players You Forgot Recently Played For The Montreal Canadiens
As the oldest NHL team, the Montreal Canadiens have had an incredible history thus far. They’ve won 24 Stanley Cups – the most of any NHL team (and 11 more than the second place Toronto Maple Leafs), including five straight from 1956 to 1960. Needless to say, they’ve had many players suit up for them since the 1909-10 season. Many of these players will always hold a special place in our hearts and who we will always remember, such as Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, Jean Beliveau, Ken Dryden and Guy Lafleur, just to name a few.
While there are many players we will forever remember, there are also some who I’m sure most of us have forgotten even played for the Habs such as Mark Streit from 2005 to 2008. And some we wish we could forget played for them such as Sergei Samsonov during the 2006-07 season.
More recently, there have been several players whom I’m sure a lot of us fans have a hard time recalling ever playing for the Habs. Here’s a list of the top 15 forgotten players who suited up for the Canadiens.
- DALE WEISE
After spending time with the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks, Dale Weise was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in February 2014 in exchange for Raphael Diaz.
This right winger played a total of 152 regular season games between the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons where he produced 59 points (27 goals, 32 assists) and had an impressive +25 plusminus rating.
He was known to throw his body around with 291 hits which averaged out to just under two hits per game. As a matter of fact, he ranked second on the team with an average of 1.9 hits per game among all of his teammates who played over 70 games during those three seasons.
In February 2016, he and Tomas Fleischmann were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Phillip Danault and a second round draft pick. Weise is currently a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
- JOSH GORGES
Josh Gorges began his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks, but was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in February 2007 along with a first round draft pick, in exchange for Craig Rivet and a fifth round pick.
This defenseman spent eight seasons with the Canadiens from 2006-07 to 2013-14. He played a total of 464 regular season games with them and recorded 88 points (13 goals, 75 assists). He had a great overall plusminus rating of +34 which ranked him first among all Canadiens players during those eight seasons. He also led the team with a large amount of blocked shots with 1,048 of them which averaged out to 2.3 per game. Furthermore, he was an asset on the penalty kill unit, seeing a lot of ice time while they were a man down.
The Canadiens then traded Gorges in July 2014 to the Buffalo Sabres for a second round draft pick.
- TOMAS KABERLE
Tomas Kaberle spent the majority of his NHL career with Toronto, along with a short stint with Boston and Carolina, before joining Montreal in 2011. In December 2011, the Canadiens traded Jaroslav Spacek to the Hurricanes in exchange for Kaberle.
This defenseman played 53 regular season games with the Habs and earned 25 points (3 goals, 22 assists). He was one of their top power play guys who saw a lot of ice time during the man advantage and recorded almost half of his points (12 pts) while they were a man up. He also blocked a total of 64 shots which averaged out to 1.2 per game. And he barely saw any time in the penalty box with a total of just 10 PIM.
After his time in Montreal, Kaberle went on to play in the Czech Republic. He officially retired in 2016.