1966: New York Rangers obtained Al MacNeil from Montreal, in the annual NHL Intra-League Draft, shortly after the Canadiens had grabbed MacNeil from the Chicago Black Hawks in the same Draft.
1978: The Canadiens select Danny Geoffrion 8th overall at the NHL Entry Draft. The third generation player did not lead up to expectations. Dave Hunter was selected 17th. Hunter had already signed a deal with the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers and would be returned to the Oilers in the 1979 Reclaim Draft as an agreement that the Oilers did not take certain Montreal players, including Rod Langway in the Expansion Draft.
Keith Acton was selected 103rd. Acton would be traded to the Minnesota North Stars in a package deal in 1983 for Bobby Smith, who happened to be the first overall pick in 1978. The second pick in 1978 was Ryan Walter (Washington), who also later found himself in Montreal.
Later in the draft Soviet star and later NHLer Viacheslav Fetisov was selected 201st and Chris Nilan would be selected 231st overall.
1985: Mark Hunter, Michael Dark, a 2nd round pick (Herb Raglan), a 3rd round pick (Nelson Emerson) , a 5th round pick (Dan Brooks) and a 6th round pick (Rich Burchill) in 1985 are traded to the St. Louis Blues for a 1st round pick (Jose Charbonneau) , a 2nd round pick (Todd Richards), a 4th round pick (Martin Desjardins), a 5th round pick (Tom Sagissor) and a 6th round pick (Donald Dufresne) in 1985.
Montreal also took Tom Chorske (16th) and Brent Gilchrist (79th). The last pick the Canadiens had was for John Ferguson, Jr., son of the Habs legendary enforcer.
1987: Jacques Laperriere is among the newest members added to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1990: Montreal trades Rick Green to the Detroit Red Wings for a 5th round pick (Brad Layzell) in 1991.
2000: Denis Savard is added to the roster of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
2001: The Canadiens acquired the rights to Joe Juneau from the Phoenix Coyotes, in exchange for future considerations, and signed the veteran left wing to a three-year contract.
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