The Gainey Regime 2009-10: Year Six - A Recap of Moves Made from the Seven Previous Seasons


2008-09 final roster: 33 players

*Andrei Markov, Alex Kovalev, Robert Lang, *Andrei Kostitsyn, Saku Koivu, *Tomas Plekanec, Alex Tanguay, *Roman Hamrlik, *Sergei Kostitsyn, *Maxim Lapierre, *Guillaume Latendresse, Tom Kostopoulos, *Matt D' Agostini, Patrice Brisebois, Christopher Higgins, *Josh Gorges, Steve Begin, Max Pacioretty (+M), Francis Bouillon, Mike Komisarek, Mathieu Dandenault, Mathieu Schneider, *Ryan O' Byrne, *Kyle Chipchura, *Georges Laraque,*Gregory Stewart, Alex Henry (+M), *Glen Metropolit, Ben Maxwell (+M), *Yannick Weber, *Carey Price, *Jaroslav Halak, Marc Denis.


Dearly Departed

13 players (so far) not returning from the previous 2008-09 roster are Steve Begin (traded to Dallas February 26), Chris Higgins and Doug Janik (traded to the New York Rangers on June 30), Mike Komisarek, (signed as a FA with Toronto on July 1), Alex Kovalev (signed with Ottawa as a FA July 6), Saku Koivu (signed with Anaheim as a FA July 8), Tom Kostopoulos (signed with Carolina as a FA July 14).

Robert Lang, Alex Tanguay, Patrice Brisebois, Francis Bouillon, Mathieu Dandenault, Mathieu Schneider, and Marc Denis remain unsigned by any organization as of July 14, 2009.


April 15 - Montreal signs F Dany Masse (+) as a FA.

May 13 - Montreal signs D Andre Benoit (+) as a FA.

May 25 - Montreal signs F Mikael Johansson (+) as a FA.

June 25 - Canadiens acquire *Scott Gomez C, Michael Busto F, and Tom Pyatt D for Christopher Higgins F, Ryan McDonagh D, Pavel Valentenko D, and Doug Janik D.

2009 Draft: 8 players selected

Rd 1 # 18 Louis Leblanc C (P) - Omaha Lancers (USHL)

Rd 3 # 65 Joonas Nattinen C (P) - Espoo Blues (Sweden)

Rd # 79 Mac Bennett D (P) - Hotchkiss School (High CT)

Rd 4 # 109 Alexander Avtsin RW (P) - Moscow Dynamo (Russia 2)

Rd 5 # 139 Gabriel Dumont C (P) - Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

Rd 6 # 169 Dustin Walsh C (P) - Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)

Rd 7 # 199 Michael Cichy C (P) - Indiana (USHL)

Rd 7 # 211 Petteri Simila G (P) - Karpat (Finland Jr)

June 26 - Canadiens trade 6th round pick in 2010 draft for Penguins 7th round pick, 211th overall in 2009 draft. Select G Petteri Simila.

Free agency and season's transactions

July 1 - Montreal signs D *Jaroslav Spacek as a FA.

July 1 - Montreal signs D *Hal Gill as a FA.

July 1 - Montreal signs F *Mike Cammalleri as a FA.

July 1 - Montreal signs F *Brian Gionta as a FA.

July 10 - Montreal signs D *Paul Mara as a FA.

July 10 - Montreal signs F *Travis Moen as a FA.

July 13 - Montreal signs C Andreas Engqvist (+) as a FA



14 players added to Canadiens roster via trades: Kovalev, Dowd, Huet, Bonk, Murray, Aebischer, Simpson, Johnson, Niinimaa, *Gorges, Lang, Janek, Schneider, *Gomez.

2 of 12 are currently remain on the Canadiens roster.

15 players subtracted from Canadiens roster via trades: Balej, Blouin, Garon, Quintal, Hossa, Theodore, Zednik, Ribeiro, Rivet, Samsonov, Leighton, Huet, Grabovski, Begin, Higgins.

9 of 15 are currently playing in the NHL.

Free agent signings:

18 players (with previous NHL experience) added to Canadiens / Hamilton rosters via free agency: Dagenais (2003), Dandenault (2005), Samsonov (2006), *Hamrlik (2007), Smolinski (2007), Kostopoulos (2007), Rivers (2007) Brisebois (2007), *Alex Henry (2008), *Mike Glumac (2008), Yannick Lehoux (2008), Marc Denis (2008), *Spacek (2009), *Gill (2009), *Cammalleri (2009), *Gionta (2009), *Mara (2009) and *Moen (2009).

9 of 18 are currently on the Canadiens roster or in the organization.

28 players subtracted from Canadiens roster that signed elsewhere as free agents: Czerkawski, Traverse, Dykhuis, Lindsay, Perreault, Dackell, Ward, Dowd, Langdon, Dwyer, Bulis, Sundstrom, Dagenais, Simpson, Ivanans, Souray, Johnson, Bonk, Perezhogin, Downey, Niinimaa, Aebischer, Ryder, Streit, Smolinski, Komisarek, Kovalev, and Koivu

7 of 28 are currently playing in the NHL.


5 players acquired by Canadiens on waivers: Begin, Langdon, Traverse, Leighton, *Metropolit.

1 of 5 players is currently on the Canadiens roster.

4 players taken from Canadiens on waivers: Beauchemin, Hainsey, Kilger, Murray.

2 of 4 players are currently playing in the NHL.

Draft picks traded for:

14 draft picks acquired by Canadiens in trades: 2005 2nd - Latendresse, 2006 1st - Fischer, 2006 2nd - Carle, 2006 3rd - White, 2007 3rd - Fortier, 2007 5th - Conboy, 2007 1st - Pacioretty, 2007 7th - Kishel, 2008 5th - Trunev, 2009 2nd - (from Washington, later traded for Schneider), 2009 3rd - Bennett, 2009 7th - Petteri, 2010 2nd - (from Toronto, later traded for Lang), 2010 conditional.

2 of 14 players acquired with picks are currently on the Canadiens roster. 9 of the remaining 12 are players within the organization. 2 draft picks are pending. 1 draft pick acquired was traded.

20 draft picks traded by Canadiens: 2004 2nd - Graham (NYR), 2004 3rd - Baier (LAK) 2004 4th - Sprungen (MIN), 2005 2nd - Cliche (NYR), 2005 3rd - Dupont (NYR), 2006 1st - Wishart (SJ), 2006 3rd - Matsumoto (PHI), 2006 4th - Kovar (PHI), 2006 6th - Auger (CHI), 2007 4th - Ruzicka (PHO), 2007 7th - Skokan (NYR), 2008 1st - Nemisz (CAL), 2008 5th - Demers (SJ), 2008 6th - Tassone (DAL), 2009 2nd Morin (ANA-WAS-MON-ATL) , 2009 2nd Elliott (MON-CAL-COL), 2010 2nd, 2010 3rd, 2010 6th, 2010 7th conditional.

0 of 20 players are currently in the NHL.

Contracts bought out and retired players: McKay, Audette, Brisebois, Cullimore, Salmeleinen

Hamilton Bulldogs Trades:

9 players added to the Bulldogs roster via trades: Biron, Russel, Engelhardt, O. Latendresse, Belle, Kemp, Janik, Busto, Pyatt .

6 players subtracted from Bulldogs roster via trades: Traverse, Lemieux, Urquhart, Locke, Valentenko, Janik.

Free agent signings:

17 players added to Bulldogs via free agency: J.F. Damphousse, Vandemeer, Aitken, Jancevski, Lahti , Rivers, Dregon, Trotter, Henry, Denis, Desjardins, Glumac, Lehoux, Anderso, Masse, Johansson, Engqvist.

2 of 17 players have played games with the Canadiens.

5 players subtracted from Bulldogs roster that signed with other NHL organizations as free agents: Gratton, Ferland, Cote, Danis, Milroy.

1 of 5 players is currently in the NHL.


54 players were selected in seven Amateur Drafts

25 of 41 players selected between 2003 and 2007 have played with the Canadiens or Bulldogs. 15 of the 25 have suited up for at least 1 game with the Canadiens.

81 players have dressed for the Canadiens in the six seasons between 2003 and 2009.

2 players remain from the club Gainey inherited in 2003.

65 one time Canadiens roster players have turned over in the interim. 24 remain in the NHL today with six free agents from 2008-09 still pending.

(*) denotes players currently on the Canadiens NHL roster.

(+H) denotes players currently on the Hamilton Bulldogs AHL roster.

(+HM) denotes players currently on the Hamilton roster who have played with Montreal.

(P) denotes prospects who have yet to sign a professional contract (NHL, AHL, or ECHL) with the organization.

(-M), (-H) and (-MH) denote players no longer in the organization who have played either in Montreal, Hamilton, or both.

(--) denotes a player who has never played in Montreal or Hamilton. The final group likely never signed a professional contract with the club and were simply not retained by the organization. A final tally of each category will follow these chronological yearly listings.

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