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03-07-2013, 07:24 PM
Morgoth Bauglir
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Originally Posted by double5son10 View Post
Can't have Tremblay without including Houle as GM. Roy was the most egregious screw-up of Houle's tenure, trading the backbone of the franchise plus team captain Mike Keane for a pair of 2nd line wingers and a back-up. One of the worst trades ever, but then you look at his other moves and it just gets mind-numbing.

Traded heart and soul D-man Lyle Odelein for headcase Stephane Richer (who'd publicly stated he didn't want to go back to Montreal), then a year later bundled Richer with Darcy Tucker for Igor Ulanov, Patrick Poulin, and Mick Vukota. Genius!
But of course it just gets better and better:
Pierre Turgeon and Craig Conroy for Shayne Corson and Murray Baron
Mark Recchi for Danius Zubrus and a 2nd.
Vincent Damphousse for the 1st. Damphousse was traded away because of his upcoming FA status and Houle didn't want to pay his demands. Houle then turned around and traded his own 1st for Trevor Linden and promptly paid Linden the same per year that Damphousse had been looking for ($3.3 million, or there about if memory serves).

That's a HOF goalie, a soon to be HOF winger, three captains, an assistant captain, one of the finest pests of his generation and Jerome Iginla's set-up man, for Shayne Corson, Martin Rucinsky, a marginal starter in goal (Thibault or his replacement Jeff Hackett, take your pick) and some picks.

And what picks!!!:
1996--Matt Higgins, 18th overall, 57 GP in NHL
1997--Jason Ward, 11th overall, 336 GP in NHL (only 105 w/ Habs) & let's not forget in the 2nd Gregor Baumgartner (who?), 37th, no NHL GP
1998--Eric Chouinard, 16th overall, 90 GP in NHL
1999--No 1st, traded for Linden. First pick was in the 2nd, Alexander Buturlin, 39th overall, No NHL GP.
With the pick from the Recchi trade: Matt Carkner, 58th overall, 171 GP in NHL, none w/ Montreal.
2000--Ron Hainsey, the crown jewel of Houle's scouting department, 13th overall, 566 GP and,
Marcel (I'm not Marian) Hossa, 16th overall, 237 NHL GP

Red Wings fans can point to Harkness all they want, but Houle is frankly in a league by himself as far as incompetence. And at least Harkness had success on the collegiate level, so you can understand why management would have chosen him. Houle had been selling beer for Molson before Ron Corey made the call.
And yes, it was Houle's call to hire Tremblay, who had already publicly feuded with Roy and had called for Roy to be traded on his radio show.
Well, Ronald Corey could ultimately be blamed since it was his call to hire them both. Corey was a disaster for the Habs.

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