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1996 to 1999 Worst Implosion of a Habs Team

Obviously we all remember the horrible Habs teams of the very late 90's early 2000's. Looking over the rosters from the end of the 90's I still can't believe how we went from a good scoring team with lots of potential to a bottom dweller. You can blame bad drafting which was obviously huge, but i still can't believe some of the trades and roster moves that were made. That management has to be considered the worst all time and put us behind for so many years. The Patrick Roy trade was horrible, but we still had a decent roster in 1996.

It boggles my mind when I compare the two rosters and all the players we lost for nothing. This is where the dark days really started and it really saddens me as we had a pretty decent team that we could have kept around for a while..

1996 Roster

Regular Season Playoffs
# Player Name Birthdate Age Pos. GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
77 Pierre Turgeon 1969-08-28 26 C 80 38 58 96 44 19 6 2 4 6 2
25 Vincent Damphousse 1967-12-17 27 C 80 38 56 94 158 5 6 4 4 8 0
8 Mark Recchi 1968-02-01 27 R 82 28 50 78 69 20 6 3 3 6 0
26 Martin Rucinsky From Colorado 1971-03-11 24 L 56 25 35 60 54 8 -- -- -- -- --
11 Saku Koivu 1974-11-23 20 C 82 20 25 45 40 -7 6 3 1 4 8
18 Valeri Bure 1974-06-13 21 R 77 22 20 42 28 10 6 0 1 1 6
43 Patrice Brisebois 1971-01-27 24 D 69 9 27 36 65 10 6 1 2 3 6
51 Andrei Kovalenko From Colorado 1970-06-07 25 R 51 17 17 34 33 9 6 0 0 0 6
49 Brian Savage 1971-02-24 24 L 75 25 8 33 28 -8 6 0 2 2 2
38 Vladimir Malakhov 1968-08-30 27 D 61 5 23 28 79 7 -- -- -- -- --
30 Turner Stevenson 1972-05-18 23 R 80 9 16 25 167 -2 6 0 1 1 2
24 Lyle Odelein 1968-07-21 27 D 79 3 14 17 230 8 6 1 1 2 6
5 Stephane Quintal 1968-10-22 26 D 68 2 14 16 117 -4 6 0 1 1 6
22 Benoit Brunet 1968-08-24 27 L 26 7 8 15 17 -4 3 0 2 2 0
34 Peter Popovic 1968-02-10 27 D 76 2 12 14 69 21 6 0 2 2 4
6 Oleg Petrov 1971-04-18 24 R 36 4 7 11 23 -9 5 0 1 1 0
28 Marc Bureau 1966-05-19 29 C 65 3 7 10 46 -3 6 1 1 2 4
57 Chris Murray 1974-10-25 20 R 48 3 4 7 163 5 4 0 0 0 4
Mike Keane To Colorado 1967-05-29 28 R 18 0 7 7 6 -6 -- -- -- -- --
27 David Wilkie 1974-05-30 21 D 24 1 5 6 10 -10 6 1 2 3 12
52 Craig Rivet 1974-09-13 20 D 19 1 4 5 54 4 -- -- -- -- --
23 Marko Kiprusoff 1972-06-06 23 D 24 0 4 4 8 -3 -- -- -- -- --
35 Donald Brashear 1972-01-07 23 L 67 0 4 4 223 -10 6 0 0 0 2
Yves Racine To San Jose 1969-02-07 26 D 25 0 3 3 26 -7 -- -- -- -- --
56 Scott Fraser 1972-05-03 23 R 15 2 0 2 4 -1 -- -- -- -- --
53 Rory Fitzpatrick 1975-01-11 20 D 42 0 2 2 18 -7 6 1 1 2 0
Craig Ferguson To Calgary 1970-04-08 25 C 10 1 0 1 2 -5 -- -- -- -- --
48 Francois Groleau 1973-01-23 22 D 2 0 1 1 2 2 -- -- -- -- --
J.J. Daigneault To St. Louis 1965-10-12 29 D 7 0 1 1 6 0 -- -- -- -- --
39 Pat Jablonski From St. Louis 1967-06-20 28 G 23 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
17 Mark Lamb 1964-03-03 31 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
37 Jose Theodore 1976-09-13 18 G 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
31 Patrick Labrecque 1971-03-06 24 G 2 0 0 0 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
42 Darcy Tucker 1975-03-15 20 C 3 0 0 0 0 -1 -- -- -- -- --
3 Robert Dirk From Anaheim 1966-08-20 29 D 3 0 0 0 6 0 -- -- -- -- --
71 Sebastien Bordeleau 1975-02-15 20 C 4 0 0 0 0 -1 -- -- -- -- --
20 Craig Conroy 1971-09-04 23 C 7 0 0 0 2 -4 -- -- -- -- --
Yves Sarault To Calgary 1972-12-23 22 L 14 0 0 0 4 -7 -- -- -- -- --
Patrick Roy To Colorado 1965-10-05 29 G 22 0 0 0 6 0 -- -- -- -- --
41 Jocelyn Thibault From Colorado 1975-01-12 20 G 40 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 0
Totals 265 433 698 1813

1999 Roster

Regular Season Playoffs
# Player Name Birthdate Age Pos. GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
26 Martin Rucinsky 1971-03-11 28 L 80 25 24 49 70 1 -- -- -- -- --
15 Dainius Zubrus 1978-06-16 21 R 73 14 28 42 54 -1 -- -- -- -- --
34 Sergei Zholtok 1972-12-02 26 C 68 26 12 38 28 2 -- -- -- -- --
43 Patrice Brisebois 1971-01-27 28 D 54 10 25 35 18 -1 -- -- -- -- --
14 Trevor Linden 1970-04-11 29 C 50 13 17 30 34 -3 -- -- -- -- --
49 Brian Savage 1971-02-24 28 L 38 17 12 29 19 -4 -- -- -- -- --
17 Benoit Brunet 1968-08-24 31 L 50 14 15 29 13 3 -- -- -- -- --
22 Eric Weinrich 1966-12-19 32 D 77 4 25 29 39 4 -- -- -- -- --
27 Shayne Corson 1966-08-13 33 L 70 8 20 28 115 -2 -- -- -- -- --
32 Oleg Petrov 1971-04-18 28 R 44 2 24 26 8 10 -- -- -- -- --
23 Turner Stevenson 1972-05-18 27 R 64 8 13 21 61 -1 -- -- -- -- --
11 Saku Koivu 1974-11-23 24 C 24 3 18 21 14 7 -- -- -- -- --
28 Karl Dykhuis From Philadelphia 1972-07-08 27 D 67 7 12 19 40 -3 -- -- -- -- --
63 Craig Darby 1972-09-26 26 C 76 7 10 17 14 -14 -- -- -- -- --
52 Craig Rivet 1974-09-13 24 D 61 3 14 17 76 11 -- -- -- -- --
51 Francis Bouillon 1975-10-17 23 D 74 3 13 16 38 -7 -- -- -- -- --
37 Patrick Poulin 1973-04-23 26 L 82 10 5 15 17 -15 -- -- -- -- --
40 Jesse Belanger 1969-06-15 30 C 16 3 6 9 2 2 -- -- -- -- --
29 Jim Cummins 1970-05-17 29 R 47 3 5 8 92 -5 -- -- -- -- --
45 Arron Asham 1978-04-13 21 R 33 4 2 6 24 -7 -- -- -- -- --
55 Igor Ulanov To Edmonton 1969-10-01 29 D 43 1 5 6 76 -11 -- -- -- -- --
20 Scott Lachance 1972-10-22 26 D 57 0 6 6 22 -4 -- -- -- -- --
24 Scott Thornton From Dallas 1971-01-09 28 C 35 2 3 5 70 -7 -- -- -- -- --
44 Sheldon Souray From New Jersey 1976-07-13 23 D 19 3 0 3 44 7 -- -- -- -- --
61 Jason Ward 1979-01-16 20 R 32 2 1 3 10 -1 -- -- -- -- --
47 Juha Lind From Dallas 1974-01-02 25 L 13 1 2 3 4 -2 -- -- -- -- --
48 Miloslav Guren 1976-09-24 22 D 24 1 2 3 12 -5 -- -- -- -- --
71 Mike Ribeiro 1980-02-10 19 C 19 1 1 2 2 -6 -- -- -- -- --
24 Christian Laflamme From Edmonton 1976-11-24 22 D 15 0 2 2 8 -5 -- -- -- -- --
21 Barry Richter 1970-09-11 28 D 23 0 2 2 8 -5 -- -- -- -- --
46 Matt Higgins 1977-10-29 21 C 25 0 2 2 4 -6 -- -- -- -- --
6 Trent McCleary 1972-09-08 26 R 12 1 0 1 4 2 -- -- -- -- --
36 Dave Morissette 1971-12-24 27 L 1 0 0 0 5 0 -- -- -- -- --
44 Stephane Robidas 1977-03-03 22 D 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
35 Andre Bashkirov 1970-06-22 29 R 2 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Vladimir Malakhov To New Jersey 1968-08-30 31 D 7 0 0 0 4 0 -- -- -- -- --
60 Jose Theodore 1976-09-13 22 G 30 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
31 Jeff Hackett 1968-06-01 31 G 56 0 0 0 4 0 -- -- -- -- --

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