Goalie: Patrick Roy
Blame it on Ronald Corey.
He was the one who fired general manager Serge Savard and coach Jacques Demers four games into the 1995-96 season. They really wouldn’t have made the mistakes that their successors did.
Corey then appointed Mario Tremblay as a coach and Rejean Houle as GM, even though Tremblay had never coached in his life.
Six weeks into his coaching career, Tremblay left Patrick Roy in the net for nine goals against the Red Wings. Roy, who had a serious dislike for Tremblay even before he was hired to coach the Canadiens, requested a trade.
Houle, the rookie general manager, was now put in the difficult position of having to trade one of the most well-liked players to ever represent the city of Montreal. The move he made with the Colorado Avalanche was one of the poorest decisions in NHL history.
Roy, with his two Stanley Cups and 289 wins, as well as captain Mike Keane, was let go for Martin Rucinsky, Jocelyn Thibault, and Andrei Kovalenko.
Even though Roy had already played in 551 games with the Canadiens, his career was far from over.
He would go on to enjoy eight seasons in Colorado and would improve his career record to 551-315-131. He had career goals- a .912 save percentage a .912 save percentage and against average of 2.54. In addition, he had 66 shutouts.
From the time Roy left the Habs until he retired, the Canadiens would garner only two playoffs series. The Avalanche earned two Stanley Cups.
Roy is always in debate as being the best goaltender to ever play the game of hockey. Therefore, he is worthy of being named Montreal’s all-time greatest netminder, regardless of how quickly his Canadiens career ended.
Now, if only Ronald Corey hadn’t fired Savard and Demers…