We had few goons that were very bad hockey players. here's some that come to mind :
and the worse : Normand Baron (not Murray Baron). he was bring from the senior pro league in Québec and touted as the best fighter. He was specialy signed to take care of Dale Hunter in the years he was banging Lafleur badly in the boards, always with high elbow. I think the experiment last only one game. he was so bad a player and so bad a skater that in his first shift, Dale Hunter was playing Tom and Jerry with him. Dale was skating to him, then hits him into the board, then continue to play until the next hit. Baron couldn't catch him. It was humiliating. I remember Hunter smiling while playing. He knew Baron was there to take care of him.
EDIT : Sorry, it is Normand Baron, and he played 4 games with the Habs, + 3 in playoffs, + 2 or 3 with the Blues in a later season. That's it.
In the "Well, he wasn't THAT bad elsewhere" category: Robert Dirk
In the "Well...he just plain sucks." category: Les Kuntar
I remember Elliot Price and Melnick on the radio taking calls from a fan who insisted they should give Kuntar a chance. The problem was that he didn't pronounce it K oo ntar like it was supposed to be. He used the flat U sound. He mentionned him by name about 8 times and by the end of the call, they went to break because they couldn't talk anymore they were laughing so hard.
Well, of tough guys, I think Baron was the worst. Carlson played D, and you can't hide bad players on D. Too bad, he could fight.
There have been lots of forgettable ones, Lind, Traverse being the most recent, lots of young guys who never made it, Alfie Turcotte was one, but Laflamme always stands out for me.
I don't know if he was the worst, but he showed absolutely nothing, talent, effort, nothing. Then when he gets benched, he and his agent want a meeting. That was priceless imo.
How about Ron Flockhart ? They get him in a deal, he plays with Courtnall like speed for a few games, then everyone realizes he has no hockey sense whatsoever. After his 1st game they called it Flocky Hockey, then they stopped.
Funny, ehh, good Jr., good AHL player, he made nothing happen whatsoever in his brief time and never got another chance. Curious as to why.
last shift as a Hab I remember from him: he was charging fast towards the net in the offensive zone, crashed heavily by himself, for no apparent reason, in the boards behind the net...got up and headed back to the Habs' bench. didn't play the rest of the game. I think that was his last shift as a Hab
I forgot about Pierre Sevigny.
easily one of the worst ever in a Habs uniform.
I read somewhere that Sevigny had "emotional" issues. They said that he was so nervous before each game that he was always throwing up (like Willy Beaman in Any Given Sunday). I dunno if it's true, but up to a point, it should take out a lot of energy...
Baron was going to be my guest also, although not a regular player.
Laflamme and Traverse as regulars were pretty horrible.
Although I though Baron was a muscle head poser, not a boxer. Couldn't fight on the ice anyways.
Not fair to put guys like Brubaker in a list like this. The guy may not have been good at all as a hockey player, but that is not what he was brought here for. What he could do on the ice, he could do fairly well, unlike Baron who couldn't even stand on his skates.
About Sevigny, I remember that Mario Tremblay or was it Demers, complaining to him "how long has it been since you scored a goal" It had been a long time, but I also remember poor Pierre only ever played one or two shifts per game if he was lucky. Poor guys feet were probably frozen, his butt asleep, when he got on the ice.
As for Ed Ronan, this guy does not belong in this list. He played on the 93 team and got his ring. He wasn't a great scorer, but he worked.
Two little stories about him. I will always remember an icing call, I think it was against Buffalo, it wa in 93, could have been NYI. Anyways Mtl would have been called for icing, and I think Ronan jumped on the ice for a line change, barely beat the Buf player for the puck and past it out front to I think Guy Carbonneau who shot the puck in the net. Just great hussle on that play.
The other little story comes from the year before. He was a mid-season call-up during a rash of injuries. He gets on the team bus, then Pat Burns who was the coach at the time stops him and tells him fans aren't allowed on the bus. He had to explain to his coach who he was.