The Montreal Canadiens are not only the oldest team in the NHL but the only NHL team older than the NHL. They have the most Stanley Cups in the league at 24, they are also the most successful. With so much history, there is a lot to say about the Montreal Canadiens. Here at TheSportster we have given you everything from "Top 15 Controversial Moments in Montreal Canadiens History" to "Top 20 Montreal Canadiens Hated By Their Own Fans". They have had great players and horrible players, as well as times of pure dominance and scoring droughts. With the Canadiens, anything is possible.
With more than a century under their belt, they have had their ups and downs, as well as a fair share of rumors. Some are simple trade rumors, some are embarrassing, some sound stupid, and some are so unbelievable you have to see them to believe them. We should also clarify that these were simply whispers around the team. Rumors constantly run rampant in Montreal so there have been no shortage of them in the past 100-years plus. We're simply relaying what was once put out there, so it's best to take these with a grain of salt.
Here are fifteen of the many crazy rumors that have affected the Montreal Canadiens.
15 Patrick Roy To Quebec For Eric Lindros
14 Tomas Plekanec Trade Rumors
13 Jose Theodore and Mike Ribeiro Trade Rumors to Chicago
12 Therrien Calls Pacioretty "Worst Captain Ever"
Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien isn’t the most well-liked guy in the world, and this alleged incident explains why. Montreal-based journalist Michel Villeneuve was allegedly fired after he threatened to expose a conversation between himself and Therrien. In the alleged conversation, Therrien expressed that Max Pacioretty is the worst captain in Canadiens history.
11 Steve Yzerman for Shayne Corson Trade Rumor
10 Dale Weise Asks for $4M a Season
9 Alleged Rift Between Subban and Pacioretty
Sometimes trade rumors can spark speculation that something negative is going on with the player rumored to be traded. When trade rumors about P.K. Subban first hit the press, rumors began circulating that he was feuding with Max Pacioretty due to the captaincy going to Pacioretty. Fans believing that Subban (who was an alternate captain) deserved the captaincy over Pacioretty did not help.
8 Vincent Lecavalier Trade Rumors to Montreal
Back in 2009, rumors began to spread that Vince Lecavalier would be traded to Montreal from Tampa Bay. What made the rumor unique was Montreal was allegedly willing to give away Price, Subban, and Pacioretty (who weren’t as dominant as they are today back then) for Lecavalier, but no trade ever occurred. Due to the three players that would have been traded for Lecavalier if this occurred, it can be fun for both Canadiens and Lightning fans to speculate what could have happened if this trade had become a reality.
7 Possibly Firing Michel Therrien
As stated earlier, Montreal’s current head coach, Michel Therrien, isn’t the most well-liked guy in the world. When rumors of him being fired began to circulate, some Montreal fans were probably pleased (as well as some players *cough* Pacioretty). Seeing that Therrien is still the head coach, the rumors that circulated around the web last year weren’t true, but it is still possible for GM Marc Bergevin to make a change to the coaching staff in the future. In fact, when these rumors surfaced Bergevin went out of his way to tell the press, “don’t believe anything you hear.”
6 Subban Trade Rumor to Flyers
The trade of PK Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber was easily the most talked about trade last summer. Subban was beloved by Montreal fans due to his success on the ice as well as his charity work, so the trade was hard to swallow for many fans. Before Subban became one of the top defensemen on not only Montreal but the NHL, trade rumors had been circulating Subban for a while, but it wasn’t the first time that they occurred. In 2014, Subban was almost traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for a first round pick and some young players.
5 Mathieu Schneider Allegedly Sleeping With Patrick Roy's Wife
This is one of the most common rumors that fly around not only the hockey world but the sports world as a whole. Since it is such a common rumor, fans often have fun speculating which of the rumors are true and which are false. The Sportster has covered this phenomenon before in "Top 12 NHL Players Who Allegedly Slept With A Teammate's Wife"
4 Brett Hull to Montreal
Brett Hull is one of the most famous and successful goalscorers in NHL history. Rumor has it that Brett Hull could have become a Canadien in 2001, but took less money to join the Detroit Red Wings. Hull’s career was in its twilight stages and well after the dynasty days of the Canadiens, and it is easy to speculate that Hull could have been a missing piece for Montreal.
3 Chris Chelios Allegedly Sleeping With Ronald Corey’s Wife
Another example of a player being traded for an alleged affair, Chris Chelios was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1990 after he allegedly had an affair with Ronald Corey’s wife. What made this unique was Corey was not a teammate, he was the president of the Montreal Canadiens organization at the time. The Canadiens landed an aging Denis Savard in the trade and it would soon be seen as one of the worst trades in Canadiens history.
2 Max Pacioretty Trade Rumors
With the Canadiens at the top of the Atlantic Division, trading captain Max Pacioretty seems like a stupid and improbable move. After the P.K. Subban trade last summer and salary cap issues, you can never say never in Montreal. With Pacioretty set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, he would be a hot commodity to any team if the Canadiens don’t lock him down soon.
Nick Kypreos cleared the situation up on Hockey Night In Canada. He says, “There’s no indication that Pacioretty wants out of Montreal, but it’s clear from a few other teams that they want to watch this situation closely.”
1 Organized Crime
Possibly one of the craziest rumors in NHL history as a whole, Montreal Canadiens players Sergei Kostitsyn, Andrei Kostitsyn and Roman Hamrlik were accused of being involved in organized crime due to communication with Pasquale Magnolia, a member of an international crime organization called Operation Axis. The story became much more suspicious when it was revealed that Magnolia was instrumental to the Kostitsyn brothers adjusting to life in Montreal. He allegedly also provided the brothers access to drugs, alcohol, luxury cars, and women.
Hamrlik was involved on a lesser scale and was able to continue his career without much scrutiny. The story was different for the Kostitsyn brothers. They were not charged with anything and were able to continue their careers, but the scandal followed them everywhere. Both brothers eventually left Montreal to play in Nashville. As of now, they have both left the NHL and are playing in the KHL.
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