A short while ago on July 30 a note sent to me by reader Peter Young was misconstrued by yours truly. Taken slightly aback by large off-season turnover, Peter wondered if there had been any similar summers in Canadiens history where such a great chunk of the club had been replaced. In his query, Peter hinted that I should dig such an example an compare it to the present day facelift.
Somewhere along the line, I gather I took those thoughts by Mr. Young and came up with an entirely different take, that of tracking the former Habs stats versus the current group. Great idea, I thought. Thanks Peter. Only, Peter won't accept the credit for the subliminal inspiration. (See his note, and mine, below.)
The matchups below aren't meant to have much significance and it should also be noted that many of the former Habs are receiving first string ice time as opposed to their current Canadiens counterparts. That's an inevitable reality, and in that sense a whole lot shouldn't be read into the comparisons.
The * beside Asham's name notes that he was the only former Hab on the list not cast off during the Gainey regime.
Of course, it is early. Some players have yet to play a second game at this time. I'll do my best to update this every Monday if interest follows.
Carey Price 2-2-0-0 1.89 / Cristobal Huet 1-0-0-1 2.77 (CHI)
Jaroslav Halak 0-0-0-0 0.00 / Jose Theodore 1-1-0-0 1.00 (WSH)
Andrei Markov 1-0-0-0 / 1-0-0-0 Sheldon Souray (EDM)
Jaroslav Spacek 2-0-1-1 / 1-1-1-2 Mark Streit (NYI)
Roman Hamrlik 1-0-1-1 / 2-0-0-0 Mike Komisarek (TOR)
Paul Mara 2-0-1-1 / 2-0-1-1 Francois Beauchemin (TOR)
Josh Gorges 2-1-1-2 / 1-0-1-1 Craig Rivet (BUF)
Hal Gill 2-0-0-0 / Francis Bouillon 1-0-0-0 (NAS)
Scott Gomez 2-0-1-1 / 1-0-0-0 Mike Ribeiro (DAL)
Mike Cammalleri 2-0-2-2 / 1-0-0-0 Alex Kovalev (OTT)
Brian Gionta 2-2-0-2 / 1-0-1-1 Alex Tanguay (TBA)
Tomas Plekanec 2-0-2-2 / 1-0-0-0 Saku Koivu (ANA)
Andrei Kostitsyn 2-0-0-0 / 2-1-1-2 Michael Ryder (BOS)
Pacioretty 2-0-0-0 / 2-0-2-2 Higgins (NYR)
Maxim Lapierre 2-0-0-0 / 2-1-2-3 Mikhail Grabovski (TOR)
Guillaume Latendresse 2-0-0-0 / 2-0-3-3 Steve Begin (BOS)
Travis Moen 2-2-0-2 / 1-0-1-1 Sergei Samsonov (CAR)
Glen Metropolit 2-1-1-2 / 1-1-0-1 Robert Lang (PHO)
Matt D'Agostini 1-0-0-0 / 0-0-0-0 Arron Asham* (PHI)
Georges Laraque 2-0-1-1 / 1-0-0-0 Tom Kostopoulos (CAR)
Totals GP/G/A/P 33-6-11-17 / 23-4-13-17