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I was just reading the thread about the worst trades in Habs history and I thought about creating this thread to get everyone's views.

Who were the best players in Habs history that we let walk out our door without trying to sign them. In most recent memory, we have Sourray, Ryder and Streit that all stick out.

Who else have we let walk that comes to mind that you feel was a mistake?

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I was just reading the thread about the worst trades in Habs history and I thought about creating this thread to get everyone's views.

Who were the best players in Habs history that we let walk out our door without trying to sign them. In most recent memory, we have Sourray, Ryder and Streit that all stick out.

Who else have we let walk that comes to mind that you feel was a mistake?

Not re-signing Mark Streit, Big boo-boo Bob. I think letting Shelley go was right, and i think Ryder being reunited with Julien was best for him and his hockey career, but here we are, half a season later,wishing we had another top 4 D-man, and we had him ( Carbs tried to make him a winger) I'm sure he would have stayed, and in not sure that we couldn't have worked him in to keeping a spot.

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guys, i think you're missing the point - GHC's point was: what players did we let walk - not trade. If its just a "worst trades" thread then we've already got one of those, no point in discussing.

Back to the original question - im not sure there are that many in history, GHC - because it wasnt until the league changed their UFA rules that all this started happening - and of course it got much worse once there was a cap.

Prior to that we rarely 'let players go' who had any value left.

I cant remember many - I know we let Savard go for nothing & he went on to score about 150 pts in maybe 225 games- nothing to cry about, but would have been nice to deal him for something I suppose.

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I there is not been to many other Than the obvious ones but I kind of miss Bonk , and Johnson Thought they played will during their short stay.

Oh good point! I totally miss Bonkers. Yes Lang is 100 times better than him, but Bonk Purportedly enjoyed montreal & would have signed a 2 year deal worth $1m a season. thats less than Steve Begin. Could we not have used him on the 4th line/PK? He was easily the best forward we've had on the PK (positionally, at least) in over a decade. If he were teamed up with Lapierre this season we'd have one of the best PK's in the league, MMW.

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guys, i think you're missing the point - GHC's point was: what players did we let walk - not trade. If its just a "worst trades" thread then we've already got one of those, no point in discussing.

Back to the original question - im not sure there are that many in history, GHC - because it wasnt until the league changed their UFA rules that all this started happening - and of course it got much worse once there was a cap.

Prior to that we rarely 'let players go' who had any value left.

I cant remember many - I know we let Savard go for nothing & he went on to score about 150 pts in maybe 225 games- nothing to cry about, but would have been nice to deal him for something I suppose.

You're right Jed, there aren't that many. What about Smokes, he did well for us in the playoffs, we could have signed him for about a mil a season.

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You're right Jed, there aren't that many. What about Smokes, he did well for us in the playoffs, we could have signed him for about a mil a season.

While I miss Bonk - because he was such a terrific defensive player - I think Lang has more than made up for smoke's role.

I guess some of the time its addition by subtraction - that is, if we had resigned bonk for example, we likely wouldnt have gotten to see as much of Lapierre or given Chips etc as much of a chance at ice time.

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You're right Jed, there aren't that many. What about Smokes, he did well for us in the playoffs, we could have signed him for about a mil a season.

Does Beauchemin or Hainsey count? We lost them throught waivers so they were not trade and we got nothing for them, even if they were not ufas. I don't remember what happened with Robidas.

I guess Vokoun would be another case.

I think everything that has been covered on the issue of letting players walk has been covered relentlessy in the Ryder, Huet, Streit threads :P

Huet was trade so we did not let him walk.

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I think everything that has been covered on the issue of letting players walk has been covered relentlessy in the Ryder, Huet, Streit threads :P

And that's why I mentioned Ryder, Streit and Sourray off the bat so we don't discuss them again. Only reason I made this thread is because I couldn't remember any big names that we let walk (due to old age) and I was hoping others would remember and post them. ;)

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You're right Jed, there aren't that many. What about Smokes, he did well for us in the playoffs, we could have signed him for about a mil a season.

Isnt smoke still available though? There was an article about FA's still out there about a month or 2 ago, and Smoke was on there.

Huet was trade so we did not let him walk.

Yeah. But he was also traded because they knew they wouldnt resign him anyway. So its kind of close.

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We didn't let [Hainsey] walk, he was claimed off waivers (specifically re-entry waivers I believe).

I think it counts. We had other d-men who didn't need to clear waivers who could have filled the number six spot for a couple of games. We could really use a player like that on the PP this year. In my mind it is one of Bob's few outright mistakes.

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