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Top 20 Worst Montreal Canadiens Players Since the 2004-05 Lockout

Even with the most Stanley Cup championships in NHL history with 24, the Montreal Canadiens have had their fair share of terrible players to play for their franchise. However, the first thing that I realized in their history is that they have almost always had an elite goalie. When they did not, their team struggled and did not make the playoffs and floundered at the bottom of the league standings. This is taking place this year with their dual Hart and Vezina Trophy winning goalie Carey Price being out for most of the season. Regardless, there are no goalies on this list because since the lockout they have had solid goalies such as Jaroslav Halak and Jose Theodore and the bad goalies that they have had were not starters such as Yann Danis and David Aebischer.

This list was ranked in terms of players with the most games played and produced at the bottom of the list and high draft picks and prolific scorers that were busts for the Habs at the top of it. When researching for this article I realized that quite a few players that played for the Canadiens did not score many goals in their NHL careers. Even though they were not busts for Habs, I thought scoring next to no goals for them was worth putting them on the list.

I learned a couple of things about the Habs franchise. First and foremost, they are in the business of drafting elite goalies and developing them and throughout their history they have been blessed with the likes of Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy and now Carey Price to lead their teams. Secondly, prior to writing this article I was not aware that they gave so many European players chances to continue their NHL careers. Unfortunately, in most instances they did not perform very well and their NHL careers ended shortly thereafter.

20 Sergei Gonchar

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19 Louis Leblanc

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18 Janne Niinimaa

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17 Manny Malhotra

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16 Chris Campoli

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15 Mike Komisarek

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14 Nigel Dawes

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13 Paul Mara

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12 Guillaume Latendresse

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11 Sergei Kostitsyn

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10 Douglas Murray

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9 Raphael Diaz

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8 Jarred Tinordi

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7 Tomáš Kaberle

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6 Alexander Semin

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Semin is a player with all the skill in the world but it is clear to me that he only performs well when playing with elite talent. With the Washington Capitals and the likes of Ovechkin and Backstrom he had three seasons of 30 or more goals between 2007-2012. However, since then in four NHL seasons he has only scored 45 goals in 186 games. In 15 games with the Habs this year he had 3 points and it is puzzling to me why he did not get a better chance with the team.

5 Sergei Samsonov

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4 Roman Hamrlik

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3 Alexander Perezhogin

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2 Radek Bonk

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1 Scott Gomez

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Gomez is number one on this list not entirely for the production during his career since he has accumulated almost 800 points in over 1,000 games, but how terrible parts of his career have been during its latter years. Most notably, during the 2011-12 season with the Canadiens he went almost 50 games without scoring a single goal. He only scored two goals that year in 38 games while making over $7 million per year. That makes him the biggest high-priced bust in franchise history even though he was primarily known as a playmaker during his career. He was also so bad for the Habs that there was a website tracking the number of days that Gomez did not score a goal for the team, which ended at 369.

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