MONTREAL - A free agent signing, a draft pick or a trade can leave long-lasting results on an organization. A player's arrival, like their departure, can have a veritable domino effect. With that in mind, we take a look at Guy Carbonneau
’s arrival with the Canadiens.
Whether irony or simply a sign of fate, Carbonneau’s career was tightly linked to the St. Louis Blues. In 1969, the Canadiens signed a player by the name of Phil Roberto
, a forward who enjoyed a series of peaks and valleys during his time with the OHA’s Niagara Falls Flyers.
Following an eight-game stint with Montreal in 1969-70, Roberto earned a regular spot at the end of the subsequent season. His name would appear on the team’s first Stanley Cup of the 1970s, picking up an assist in 15 playoff games.
With Scotty Bowman
at the helm in 1971-72, Roberto’s career path took him to St. Louis on December 13. In return, the Canadiens reacquired a familiar face: forward/defenseman Jim Roberts
. After spending the first four years of his career as a Hab, Roberts spent the next four with Bowman behind the Blues’ bench.
Already a two-time Cup champion from his first stint in a Canadiens sweater, Roberts added to his collection upon his return, hoisting the Stanley Cup three more times over the next six seasons. At the conclusion of the 1976-77 campaign, general manager Sam Pollock
traded him back to St. Louis in exchange for a third round selection in the 1979 Amateur Draft.
Fast forward to August 9, 1979 at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Holding the 44th pick, new Canadiens GM Irving Grundman
selects Chicoutimi Sagueneens star Guy Carbonneau
. In selecting the Sept-Iles native, Grundman adds a future team captain (1989 to 1994), three-time Selke Trophy winner, all-time leader in shorthanded goals (27) and key cog in the team’s last two Stanley Cup Championships (1986 and 1993).
And, like those acquired and traded to eventually land him, Carbonneau’s own career followed the path to St. Louis on August 19, 1994 in return for center Jim Montgomery
. The latter’s fate would ultimately take him in a different direction than his predecessors; after five games with the Canadiens in the strike-shortened 1994-95 campaign, Montgomery was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers, breaking the chain that linked the Northeast to the Midwest.
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