Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Today in Habs History: May 29th Edition



1973: Just another day in the office for Sam Pollock, as the Canadiens send Bob Murdoch and Randy Rota to the Los Angeles Kings for a 1st round pick (Mario Tremblay) in 1974 and cash.



Murdoch would have a steady career on the blue line with the Kings, and later Atlanta and Calgary. Rota showed potential as a scorer in the minors, and even scored two points in his only two games in Montreal in the 1972-73 season. He would play four more NHL seasons with three NHL clubs, before being transferred to the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers.



Tremblay would play 12 seasons for the Canadiens, scoring 258 goals in 852 career games. He was highly effective as a two-way player,  scoreing at least 25 goals on five occasions and played on four Stanley Cups with the Canadiens.  He missed the chance to play for a fifth, with the 1986 Cup-winning squad, when a shoulder injury ended his career the previous march, but his name is engraved on the Cup.



Pollock then deals with the Atlanta Flames, sending Chuck Arnason to Atlanta for a 1st round pick (Rick Chartraw) in 1974.



Arnason bounced around the league with several teams, while Chartraw found himself supporting the “Big Three” on the blueline in Montreal.  Chartraw won three Stanley Cups with Montreal. He would later be dealt to the Los Angeles Kings in 1981 for their 2nd pick in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. The pick was wisely used to select Claude Lemieux.



Prospect Bob J. Murray is also dealt to Atlanta for a 3rd round pick (Pierre Lagace) in 1977. Murray played four seasons with Atlanta and Vancouver, before retiring, while Lagace opted for the WHA. Pollock then and sends the rights to Dale Hoganson to the Flames for cash. Hoganson jumped to the WHA two days later.



Pollock ends the day, sending Murray Anderson and Tony Featherstone traded to Minnesota North Stars for cash.




Also on this day…



1992: Pat Burns resigned as coach of the Montreal Canadiens, and later that same day was named the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.



1999: The Canadiens trade their 1st round pick (Branislav Mezei) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft to the New York Islander for Trevor Linden.



Habs Born On This Day: Tony Graboski (1916), Alex Smart (1918), Moe Robinson (1957), Mike Keane (1967), Jason Dawe (1973)




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