Stars coach Jim Montgomery ribbed the Canadiens for trading Guy Carbonneau to get him
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 19, 2019
- Legendary Canadiens and Stars forward Guy Carbonneau was officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, and Stars head coach Jim Montgomery came prepared with a strong anecdote for the occasion.
- Montgomery throws it back to 1994, when he was traded for Carbonneau.
- At the time, he had just finished his first season with the St. Louis Blues, and the Canadiens were willing to accept him straight up in the trade — which was a surprise to even Montgomery himself.
- By then, Carbonneau was well into the back half of his career, although he would still win another Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999.
- Things didn’t quite work out for Montgomery in Montreal, playing all of five games before being released.
- Mostly, though, Montgomery — a Montreal native himself! — couldn’t believe the Habs traded Carbonneau to get him.
- That’s probably fair to say, considering that Wayne Gretzky remembers Carboneau as the ‘Guy Lafleur of defensive hockey.’
Sources & Credits: DAL Stars, Bardown
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