Transactions Of The Gainey Regime: 2003 to 2009


The listing you will see below took a week to hastily research, write, and post. It's assumed from the get - go that it is imperfect in some ways. It should be improved upon with time and more research and work. It will become a permanent sidebar feature at this site very shortly. If anyone has any imput, clarification or dispute with anything stated here, please forward it to me either by e-mail or in the comments and it will be duly acted upon and corrected if need be. And thanks for your help!

Consider this post an open thread for today's deals. I will be tuned to CKAC on the computer, and TSN on the tube behind me, and I will update trades in CAPITALS in the comments section as the day progresses. Other sites might get bogged down with high traffic volumes, so feel free to stop by to check the news and post your thoughts.

Seeing as trade deadline day has now arrived, I thought it would be pertinant to post all player moves made by Bob Gainey since taking over the GM's chair in Montreal on June 3, 2003.

These are just the plain facts on roster moves, trades, draft picks and other transactions during the Gainey regime in Montreal from 2003 to the present. The listing includes all moves on the Canadiens roster and relevant moves on the Hamilton Bulldogs roster.

Notations for players are as follows.

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

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

(+M) 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 listings.

June 3, 2003 - Canadiens named Bob Gainey VP and General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens.

Gainey inherits the roster from previous Andre Savard regime consisting of 33 players that include *Saku Koivu, Yanic Perrault, Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis, *Andrei Markov, *Patrice Brisebois, Andreas Dackell, Donald Audette, Oleg Petrov, Joe Juneau, Craig Rivet, Randy McKay, Mike Ribeiro, Chad Kilger, Niklas Sundstrom, Mariusz Czerkawski, Patrick Traverse, Marcel Hossa, Stephane Quintal, Karl Dykhuis, Jason Ward, *Francis Bouillon, Bill Lindsay, *Mike Komisarek, Sylvain Blouin, Ron Hainsey, Gordie Dwyer, Francois Beauchemin, Sheldon Souray, Jose Theodore, Jeff Hackett, Mathieu Garon.

Players in the Canadiens organization who played in the NHL and on the affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs in 2002-03 include Jason Ward, Michael Ryder, Benoit Gratton, *Tomas Plekanec, Marcel Hossa, *Mike Komisarek, Mariusz Czerkawski, Jozef Balej, Bill Lindsay, Ron Hainsey, *Francis Bouillon, Donald Audette, Sylvain Blouin, Mike Ribeiro, Mathieu Garon, and Eric Fichaud.

From the 2002-03 rosters, four players who played on the NHL roster and three on the AHL roster have been maintained through six seasons, including the lockout. A fifth NHL roster lpayer, Patrice Brisebois, was bought out and resigned prior to the 2007-08 season.


2003 - Draft: 10 players selected
Rd 1 # 10 - Andrei Kostitsyn* F - CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Rd 2 # 40 - Cory Urquhart F (-H) - Montreal Rocket (QMJHL)
Rd 2 # 61 - Maxim Lapierre* F - Montreal Rocket (QMJHL), pick acquired by previous regime.
Rd 3 # 79 - Ryan O'Byrne* D - Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)
Rd 4 # 113 - Corey Locke C (-MH) - Ottawa 67's (OHL)
Rd 4 # 123 - Dany Stewart F (--) - Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL), pick acquired by previous regime.

Rd 5 # 147 - Draft pick traded as compensation for sign Claude Julien as coach on January 17, 2003.
Rd 6 # 177 - Christopher Heino-Lind G (--) - Hammarby (Sweden)
Rd 6 # 188 - Mark Flood D (--) - Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Rd 7 # 217 - Oskari Korpikari D (--) - Karpat (FNL), pick acquired by previous regime.
Rd 8 # 241 - Jimmy Bonneau F (-H) - Montreal Rocket (QMJHL)

July 4 - Canadiens sign G Jean Francois Damphousse (-H) as a FA.

July 4 - Canadiens signed F Pierre Dagenais (-MH) as a FA.

October 3 - Canadiens claim F Steve Begin (-MH) off waivers from Buffalo.

October 3 - Canadiens claim F Darren Langdon (-M) off waivers from Vancouver.

2003-04 roster: 34 players

Mike Ribeiro, Michael Ryder, *Saku Koivu, Richard Zednik, Sheldon Souray, *Patrice Brisebois, Yanic Perrault, Jan Bulis, *Andrei Markov, Pierre Dagenais, Niklas Sundstrom, *Francis Bouillon, Steve Begin, Joe Juneau, Andreas Dackell, Jason Ward, Craig Rivet, Stephane Quintal, Donald Audette, Jim Dowd, Chad Kilger, *Mike Komisarek, *Alex Kovalev, Darren Langdon, Marcel Hossa, Ron Hainsey, Benoit Gratton, Jozef Balej, *Tomas Plekanec, *Chris Higgins, Gordie Dwyer, Karl Dykhuis, Jose Theodore, Mathieu Garon.


9 players not returning from the 2002-03 roster include Oleg Petrov (traded to Nashville March 3, 2003), Randy McKay (retired), Mariusz Czerkawski (signed as FA by New York Islanders July 17, 2003) , Patrick Traverse (played in Hamilton 2003-04, signed with Dallas as a FA September 9, 2004), Karl Dykhuis (played in Hamilton 2003-04, signed as a FA by Amsterdam Netherlands January 3, 2005),Bill Lindsay (signed a FA with Florida August 25, 2003), Sylvain Blouin (played in Hamilton 2003-04, later traded to Vancouver), Francois Beauchemin (played in Hamilton 2003-04, claimed on waivers by Columbus September 15, 2004), and Jeff Hackett (Traded to San Jose by Montreal for Niklas Sundstrom and San Jose's 3rd round choice, later traded to Los Angeles, who selected Paul Baier in 2004 Entry Draft, January 23, 2003).


March 2 - Canadiens acquire F *Alex Kovalev from New York Rangers for F Josef Balej (-MH) and 2004 2nd round pick (Bruce Graham).

March 4 - Canadiens acquire F Jim Dowd (-M) from Minnesota for 2004 4th round pick (Julien Sprungen).

March 9 - Canadiens trade F Sylvain Blouin (-MH) to Vancouver for D Rene Vydareny (--).


2004 - Draft: 9 players selected
Rd 1 # 18 - Kyle Chipchura F (+M) - Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Rd 3 # 84 - Alexei Yemelin D (--) - Samara (Russia)
Rd 4 # 100 - J.T. Wyman F (+) - Blake School (Minn.)

Rd 5 # 150 - Mikhail Grabovsky (-MH) C - Nizhnekamsk (Russia)
Rd 6 # 181 - Loic Lacasse G (+) - Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
Rd 7 # 212 - Jon Gleed D (-H) - Cornell University (NCAA)
Rd 8 # 246 - Gregory Stewart* F - Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Rd 9 # 262 - Mark Streit D (-M) - Zurich (Swiss A). Compensary pick from Florida signing Bill Lindsay as a FA.
Rd 9 # 278 - Alexandre Dulac-Lemelin D (--) - Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

June 26 - Canadiens trade G Mathieu Garon (-M) and 2004 3rd round pick (Paul Baier) to Los Angeles for G Cristobal Huet (-M) and F Radek Bonk (-M).

June 27 - Canadiens trade D Stephane Quintal (-M) to Los Angeles for future considerations.

September 14 - D Francois Beauchemin (-MH) claimed on waivers by Columbus from Montreal.


July 30 - Canadiens trade 2005 2nd round pick (Marc Andre Cliche, D) and 2005 3rd round pick (Brodie Dupont) to New York Rangers for 2nd round pick (*Guillaume Latendresse, F).


2005 Draft: 7 players players selected
Rd 1 # 5 - Carey Price* G - Tri-City Americans (WHL)
Rd 2 # 45 - Guillaume Latendresse* F - Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL). Pick acquire in trade with Rangers.
Rd 4 # 121 - Juraj Mikus F (--) - Skalica HK 36 (Slovak)
Rd 5 # 130 - Mathieu Aubin C (+) - Lewiston Mainiacs (QMJHL)
Rd 6 # 190 - Matt D'Agostini* F - Guelph Storm (OHL)
Rd 7 # 200 - Sergei Kostitsyn F (+M) - Gomel (Belarus)
Rd 7 # 229 - Philippe Paquet F (P) - Salisbury School (Conn. H.S.) Compensatory pick from New Jersey signing Darren Langdon as a FA.

August 2 - Canadiens sign F Peter Vandemeer (-H) as a FA.

August 5 - Canadiens sign D *Mathieu Dandenault as a FA.

August 16 - Canadiens sign D Jonathan Aitken (-H) as a FA.

September 30 - Canadiens trade F Marcel Hossa (-MH) to New York Rangers for F Garth Murray (-MH).

2005-06 roster: 32 players

*Alex Kovalev, *Saku Koivu, Michael Ryder, Mike Ribeiro, *Andrei Markov, Jan Bulis, Sheldon Souray, *Chris Higgins, Craig Rivet, Richard Zednik, *Tomas Plekanec, Steve Begin, *Francis Bouillon, Mathieu Dandeneault, Alexander Perezhogin, Niklas Sundstrom, Pierre Dagenais, Mark Streit, *Mike Komisarek, Garth Murray, Aaron Downey, *Andrei Kostitsyn, Jonathan Ferland, J.P. Cote, *Maxim Lapierre, Todd Simpson, Raitis Ivanans, Cristobal Huet, Jose Theodore, David Aebisher, Yann Danis.


16 players not returning from 2003-04 pre-lockout roster are 17 players that include Patrice Brisebois (bought out of contract and signed as FA by Colorado August 3,2005), Yanic Perrault (signed as a FA by Nashville October 3, 2005), Joe Juneau (retired), Andreas Dackell (signed as a FA by Brynas Sweden May 14, 2004), Jason Ward (signed as a FA by New York Rangers August 4, 2005), Stephane Quintal (traded to Los Angeles for future considerations June 27, 2004), Donald Audette (released by Montreal, sign as a FA with Florida January 15, 2004), Jim Dowd (signed as a FA by Chicago August 5, 2005), Chad Kilger (claimed on waivers by Toronto March 9, 2004), Darren Langdon (signed as a FA by New Jersey July 3, 2004), Marcel Hossa (traded to New York Rangers September 30, 2005), Ron Hainsey (claimed on waivers by Columbus November 29, 2005), Benoit Gratton (signed as a FA by Lugano Swiss June 9, 2004), Jozef Balej (traded to New York Rangers March 2, 2004), Gordie Dwyer (played in Hamilton 2003-04, signed as FA by Carolina August 11, 2004), Karl Dykhuis and Mathieu Garon (traded to Los Angeles June 26, 2004).


March 8 - Canadiens trade G Jose Theodore (-MH) to Colorado Avalance for G David Aebisher (-M).

March 9 - Canadiens acquire D Todd Simpson (-M) from Chicago Blackhawks for 2006 6th round pick (Chris Auger).

June 24 - Canadiens trade 2006 1st round pick (Tyler Wishart) to San Jose Sharks for 2006 1st round pick, D David Fischer, (P) and 2006 2nd round pick, D Mathieu Carle, (+H).

June 24 - Canadiens trade 2006 3rd round pick (Jonathan Matsumoto), 2006 4th round pick (Jakub Kovar) to Philadelphia for 2006 3rd round pick, Ryan White, F (+H).


2006 Draft: 6 players selected
Rd 1 # 20 - David Fischer D (P) - Apple Valley HS (Minn.)
Rd 2 # 49 - Ben Maxwell C (+MH)- Kootenay (WHL)
Rd 2 # 53 - Mathieu Carle D (+H)- Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL). Pick acquired in trade with San Jose.
Rd 3 # 66 - Ryan White F (+H) - Calgary (WHL)
Rd 5 # 139 - Pavel Valentenko D (-H) - Russia 2, rights retained by Montreal.
Rd 7 # 199 - Cameron Cepek D (--) - Portland

July 12 - Montreal signs F Sergei Samsonov (-M) as a FA.

July 12 - Canadiens acquire F Mike Johnson (-M) from Phoenix Coyotes for 2007 4th round pick (F Vladimir Ruzicka).

July 12 - Canadiens trade F Richard Zednick (-M) to Washington Capitals for 2007 3rd round pick, F Olivier Fortier (P).

July 13 - Canadiens sign D Dan Jancevski (-H) as a FA.

September 28 - Canadiens claim D Patrick Traverse (-H) off waivers from San Jose Sharks.

September 30 - Canadiens trade C Mike Ribeiro and a 2008 6th round pick (Matthew Tassone C) for D Janne Niinimaa (-M) and a 2007 5th round pick, Andrew Conboy F (+H).

2006-07 roster: 29 players

*Saku Koivu, Sheldon Souray, Michael Ryder, *Andrei Markov, *Tomas Plekanec, *Alex Kovalev, *Chris Higgins, Mark Streit, Mike Johson, *Guillaume Latendresse, Sergei Samsonov, Radek Bonk, *Mike Komisarek, Craig Rivet, Alexander Perezhogin, *Francis Bouillon, *Maxim Lapierre, *Andrei Kostitsyn, Steve Begin, *Mathieu Dandenault, Janne Niinimaa, Garth Murray, Aaron Downey, Duncan Milroy, Mikhail Grabovski, *Josh Gorges, Cristobal Huet, David Aebisher, *Jaroslav Halak.


11 players not returning from the 2005-06 roster include Mike Ribeiro (traded to Dallas September 30, 2006), Jan Bulis (signed as a FA by Vancouver July 25, 2006), Richard Zednik (traded to Washington July 12, 2006), Niklas Sundstrom (signed as a FA by Modo Sweden June 6, 2006), Pierre Dagenais (signed as a FA by Jokerit Helsinki October 18, 2006), Jonathan Ferland (played in Hamilton 2006-08, signed with VSV EC Austria 2008), J.P. Cote (played in Hamilton 2006-08, signed as a FA by Wilkes - Barre AHL), Todd Simpson (signed as a FA by Hanover Scorpions Germany 2006), Raitis Ivanans (signed as a FA by Los Angeles July 13, 2006), Jose Theodore (traded to Colorado March 8, 2006), and Yann Danis (played in Hamilton 2006-08, signed as a FA by New York Islanders July 2, 2008).

December 15 - Canadiens trade D Patrick Traverse (-H) to Dallas for D Mathieu Biron (-H).


February 25 - Canadiens trade D Craig Rivet (-MH) and 2008 5th round pick (Julien Demers D) to San Jose Sharks for D *Josh Gorges and 2007 1st round pick, *Max Pacioretty F.

February 27 - Canadiens claim G Michael Leighton (--) off waivers from Philadelphia.

May 31 - Canadiens sign F Janne Lathi (-H) as a FA.

May 31 - Canadiens acquire F Ryan Russell (+H) from New York Rangers for 2007 7th round pick (David Skokan).

June 16 - Canadiens trade F Sergei Samsonov (-M) to Chicago Blackhawks for D Jassen Cullimore (--) and F Tony Salmelainen (--).

June 23 - Canadiens trade G Michael Leighton (--) to Carolina for 2007 7th round pick, D Scott Kishel, (P)


2007 Draft: 9 players selected

Rd 1 # 12 - Ryan McDonagh D (P) - Cretin-Derham HS
Rd 1 # 22 - Max Pacioretty* F - Sioux City (USHL). Pick acquired in trade with San Jose.
Rd 2 # 43 - P.K. Subban D (P) - Belleville (OHL)
Rd 3 # 65 - Olivier Fortier F (P) - Rimouski (QMJHL). Pick acquired in trade with Washington.
Rd 3 # 73 - Yannick Weber D (+MH)- Kitchener (OHL)
Rd 5 # 133 - Joe Stejskal D (P) - Grand Rapids (Minn. H.S.)
Rd 5 # 142 - Andrew Conboy F (+H) - Omaha (USHL). Pick acquired in trade with Dallas.
Rd 6 # 163 - Nichlas Torp D (P) - HV 71 Jr. (Sweden)
Rd 7 # 192 - Scott Kishel D (P) - Virginia (USHSW). Pick acquired in trade with Carolina.

July 2 - Montreal signs D *Roman Hamrlik as a FA.

July 2 - Montreal signs F Bryan Smolinski (-M) as a FA.

July 4 - Montreal signs F *Tom Kostopoulos as a FA.

July 5 - Montreal signs D Jamie Rivers (--) as a FA. Rivers did not honour his contract and signed with Spartak Russia.

July 7 - Canadiens sign D Marvin Dregon (-H) as a FA.

August 3 - Montreal signs D *Patrice Brisebois as a FA.

2007-08 roster: 30 players

*Alex Kovalev, *Tomas Plekanec, Mark Streit, *Andrei Markov, *Saku Koivu, *Andrei Kostitsyn, *Chris Higgins, Michael Ryder, *Sergei Kostitsyn, *Guillaume Latendresse, *Roman Hamrlik, Bryan Smolinski, *Maxim Lapierre, *Mike Komisarek, Mathieu Dandenault, *Tom Kostopoulos, *Kyle Chipchura, *Patrice Brisebois, *Josh Gorges, Mikhail Grabovski, *Francis Bouillon, Steve Begin, *Ryan O' Byrne, *Gregory Stewart, Garth Murray, *Matt D' Agostini, Corey Locke, Cristobal Huet, *Carey Price, and *Jaroslav Halak.


10 players not returning from the 2006-07 roster are Sheldon Souray (signed as a FA by Edmonton July 12, 2007), Mike Johnson (signed as a FA by St. Louis October 4, 2007), Sergei Samsonov (traded to Chicago June 16, 2007), Radek Bonk (signed as a FA by Nashville July 2, 2007), Craig Rivet (traded to San Jose February 25, 2007), Alexander Perezhogin (signed as a FA by Salavat Yulayev of the KHL), Janne Niinimaa (signed as a FA by HC Davos of Swiss Elite League), Aaron Downey (signed as a FA with Detroit October 3, 2007), Duncan Milroy (signed as a FA by Ingolstadt ERC), David Aebisher (signed as a FA by Phoenix July 17, 2003).

November 13 - Forward Garth Murray (-MH) claimed on waivers by Florida Panthers


February 7 - Canadiens sign F Brock Trotter (+H) as a FA.

February 8 - Canadiens acquire F Brett Engelhardt (-H) from Red Wings for D Francis Lemieux (-H).

February 26 - Canadiens trade G Cristobal Huet (-MH) to Washington for 2009 2nd round pick (later traded to Atlanta).

April 7 - Canadiens trade F Cory Urquhart (-H) to Phoenix for F Olivier Latendresse (+H).

June 20 - Canadiens acquire *Alex Tanguay and 2008 5th round pick, F Maxim Trunev (P) from Calgary Flames for 2008 1st round (Greg Nemisz C) and 2009 2nd round pick.


2008 Draft: 5 players selected

Rd 2 # 56 - Danny Kristo F (P) - U.S. Under 18 (USDP)

Rd 3 # 86 - Steve Quailer F (P) - Sioux City (USHL)

Rd 4 # 116 - Jason Missaien G (P) - Peterborough (OHL)

Rd 5 # 139 - Maxim Trunev F (P) - Cherepovets (Russia). Pick acquired in Calgary trade.

Rd 7 # 206 - Patrick Johnson F (P) - Wisconsin (WCHA)

July 3 - Canadiens acquire Greg Pateryn (P) and 2010 2nd round pick (later traded to Chicago for *Robert Lang) from Toronto for Mikhail Grabovski (-MH).

July 3 - Canadiens sign D Alex Henry (+MH) as a FA.

July 3 - Canadiens sign G Marc Denis (+MH) as a FA.

July 3 - Canadiens sign G Cedric Desjardins (+H) as a FA.

July 11 - Canadiens trade forward Corey Locke (-MH) to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Shawn Belle (+H).

July 16 - Canadiens sign F Mike Glumac (+H) as a FA.

July 25 - Canadiens sign F Yanick Lehoux (+H) as a FA.

August 6 - Canadiens sign D Chad Anderson (+H) as a FA.

September 12 - Canadiens acquire *Robert Lang from Chicago for 2010 2nd round pick.

November 11 - Canadiens sign F David Desharnais (+H) as a FA.

2008-09 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, *Chris Higgins, *Josh Gorges, Steve Begin, *Max Pacioretty, *Francis Bouillon, *Mike Komisarek, *Mathieu Dandenault, *Mathieu Schneider, *Ryan O' Byrne, *Kyle Chipchura, *Georges Laraques,*Gregory Stewart, *Alex Henry, *Glen Metropolit, *Ben Maxwell, Yannick Weber, *Carey Price, *Jaroslav Halak, Marc Denis.


6 players not returning from the previous 2007-08 season's roster are Michael Ryder (signed as a FA with Boston July 1, 2008), Mark Streit (signed as a FA with New York Islanders July 1, 2008), Bryan Smolinski (signed with Port Huron IceHawks of the IHL), Mikhail Grabovski (traded to Toronto July 3, 2008), Garth Murray (claimed on waivers by Florida November 13, 2007), and Corey Locke (traded to Minnesota July 11, 2008).


January 5 - Canadiens acquire D T.J. Kemp (+H) from Pittsburgh for conditional 2010 7th round pick.

February 16 - Canadiens acquire D *Mathieu Schneider and a conditional draft pick from Atlanta for 2009 2nd round and 2010 3rd round picks.

February 26 - Canadiens trade F Steve Begin (-MH) to Dallas for D Doug Janik (+H).

February 27 - Canadiens claim F *Glen Metropolit off waivers from Philadelphia.



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

4 of 12 are currently on the Canadiens roster.

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

9 of 14 are currently playing in the NHL.

Free agent signings:

8 players added to Canadiens roster via free agency: Dagenais, *Dandenault, Samsonov, *Hamrlik, Smolinski, *Kostopoulos, *Brisebois, *Tanguay.

5 of 8 are currently on the Canadiens roster.

25 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.

7 of 25 are currently playing in the NHL.


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

1 of 4 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:

12 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 - later traded for Schneider, 2010 2nd - later traded for Lang, 2010 conditional.

4 of 12 players acquired with picks are currently on the Canadiens roster.

19 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, 2009 2nd, 2010 2nd, 2010 3rd, 2010 7th conditional.

0 of 19 players are currently in the NHL.

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

Hamilton Bulldogs:


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

4 players subtracted from Bulldogs roster via trades: Traverse, Lemieux, Urquhart, Locke.

Free agent signings:

14 players added to Bulldogs via free agency: J.F. Damphousse, Vandemeer, Aitken, Jancevski, Lahti , Rivers, Dregon, Trotter, Henry, Denis, Desjardins, Glumac, Lehoux, Anderson.

2 of 14 players have played games with the Canadiens.

5 players subtracted from Bulldogs roster that signed elsewhere as free agents: Gratton, Ferland, Cote, Danis, Milroy.

1 of 5 players is currently in the NHL.


1 player claimed on waivers: Traverse

46 players selected in six 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.

4 players remain from the club Gainey inherited in 2003.

29 players on the current roster have been added to those 4.

52 one time Canadiens roster players have turned over in the interim. 18 remain in the NHL today.

I was in the midst of putting all this data together over the past week, when this article by the Gazette's Stu Cowan appeared today. Consider it a coincidental companion piece of sortsto what is below.

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