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The biggest transactions since 1980
MONTREAL | June 26th, 2009
The biggest transactions since 1980
With the July 1st deadline looming and players across the league on the brink of becoming unrestricted free agents, teams across the NHL are working overtime to reel in some of the best talent the UFA pool has to offer.  Like any good chess match, though, looking a few moves ahead is crucial to landing a big name, sometimes even requiring a pre-emptive strike or two.  Since some of the best wheeling and dealing comes in the form of a trade, here’s a look back at some of the best deals concocted by Habs GMs over the years.    

September 9, 1982: Montreal lands Rick Green and Ryan Walter from Washington in exchange for Rod Langway, Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis and Craig Laughlin.

October 28, 1983: Bobby Smith heads the Canadiens’ way, traded by the Minnesota North Stars for Mark Napier, Keith Acton and a 1984 third round draft pick (Ken Hodge), previously acquired from the Leafs.

December 21, 1983: Left winger Perry Turnbull pulls on his new Habs jersey, while Doug Wickenheiser, Gilbert Delorme and Greg Paslawski join the ranks of the St. Louis Blues.

June 9, 1984: The Canadiens obtain a first and a second round pick for the 1984 NHL Entry Draft from St. Louis, used to select Shayne Corson and Stephane Richer, respectively.  In return, Rick Wamsley heads to the Gateway City, along with Hartford’s second round pick (Brian Benning) and the Habs’ second (Tony Hrkac) and third round selections (Robert Dirk).  

August 9, 1988: Montreal welcomes Jocelyn Lemieux and Darrell May to the mix, plus a 1989 second round pick (Patrice Brisebois), sending Sergio Momesso and Vincent Riendeau to the Blues in return.

September 20, 1991: Kirk Muller and Roland Melanson arrive in Montreal as Stephane Richer and Tom Chorske make their way to New Jersey in the exchange.

August 27, 1992
: Vincent Damphousse heads to Montreal, along with the Oilers’ 1993 fourth round draft pick (Adam Wiesel) in exchange for Shayne Corson, Brent Gilchrist and Vladimir Vujtek.

February 9, 1995
: The Canadiens acquire Mark Recchi and a 1995 third round draft pick (Martin Hohenberger), sending John Leclair, Eric Desjardins and Gilbert Dionne to Philadelphia in the deal.  
April 5, 1995: The Islanders and Canadiens sign off on a deal that brings future captain Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov to La Belle Province, sending Kirk Muller, Mathieu Schneider and Craig Darby to the Big Apple in return.

December 6, 1995: Andrei Kovalenko, Jocelyn Thibault and Martin Rucinsky land in Montreal as Patrick Roy and Mike Keane head to Colorado.

October 29, 1996: Yet another Habs-Blues deal goes into the books. Shayne Corson and Murray Baron head to Montreal along with a 1997 fifth round draft pick (Genady Razin), while Pierre Turgeon, Craig Conroy and Rory Fitzpatrick hit the dusty trail for St. Louis.

January 15, 1998: Patrick Poulin, Mick Vukota and Igor Ulanov join the ranks in Montreal, with Darcy Tucker, Stephane Richer and David Wilkie headed to Tampa Bay in return.

March 23, 1999: Vincent Damphousse is traded to the San Jose Sharks for a 1999 fifth round pick (Marc-Andre Thinel), plus a 2001 second round selection (later traded to Columbus) and a 2000 first-rounder (Marcel Hossa).

March 13, 2001: Montreal and Washington come to terms on a major multi-player deal.  The Canadiens trade center Trevor Linden, right winger Dainius Zubrus and New Jersey’s 2001 second round pick (later traded to Tampa Bay) to the Capitals.  For their part, Washington sends right winger Richard Zednik, center Jan Bulis and the 2001 first overall selection (Alexander Perezhogin) to Montreal in return.

June 30, 2009: The Habs acquired forwards Scott Gomez and Tom Pyatt and defenceman Michael Busto from the New York Rangers, in return for forward Christopher Higgins and defencemen Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko and
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