1996 to 1999 Worst Implosion of a Habs Team
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11-30-2008, 08:42 PM
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Wow, it's strange to think that in 95-96, we had a surefire Hall-of-Famer in Roy to go along with 4 borderline HOFers (albeit who probably will not make it in, but will surely get some consideration: Recchi, Damphousse, Turgeon, Koivu), who were pretty much all in or near their primes. I know it gets old and we all know why...but how could this have gotten so bad? Jesus.
The blueline was manned by the likes of Malakhov and Brisebois as the first pairing... this was a major weakness, not that they both couldn't be good it's just depending on them was a mistake. That team that won in 1993 did so because they had Desjardins and Schneider as the leading defencemen... far better. But then again the team has not been the same since losing Chelios in 1990. With that trade they went from elite to being just very good. They won in 1993 mainly because they made some good trades but I think it was clear that Bellows could not be depended on much longer. 1993-94 and especially 1995 proved this...
The February 1995 trade that sent LeClair and Desjardins to Philadelphia for Recchi weakened the team substantially because they lost a top defenceman. After that trade they could not win on the road at all and seemed to have dropped a peg. Philadelphia, that had not a real leading defenceman since the Lindros trade relieved them of Steve Duchesne, improved remarkably almost immediately after the trade.
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