1923: The Montreal Canadiens sign forward Howie Morenz to an NHL contract. Morenz had been sought after by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but word of mouth made the Canadiens aware of the outstanding forward from Mitchell, ON. He initially signed a deal with the Habs, but after discussion with his father, returned the contract and the money to Montreal.
The Canadiens threatened Morenz, stating that by signing the deal, he would be unable to play for any other NHL team. He would later have a change of heart and report to training camp in Grimsby, ON.
Morenz would one of the league’s biggest drawing cards and was deeemed the greatest player of the first half of the 20th Century.
1935: The Montreal Canadiens send cash and future considerations to Providence (Can-Am) for Art Lesieur. On the same day the Habs acquire Paul Haynes from the Boston Bruins, in exchange for Jack Riley.
1937: The Canadiens trade Sammy Godin to Springfield (IAHL) for Red Conn.
1957: The Canadiens send Paul Masnick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for cash.
1985: Normand Baron is traded to the St. Louis Blues for cash.
2005: Marcel Hossa is traded to the New York Rangers for Garth Murray.
2006: The Habs trade Mike Ribeiro and a 6th round pick (Matthew Tassone) in 2008 to the Dallas Stars for Janne Niinimaa and a 5th round pick (Andrew Conboy) in 2007.
Habs Born on This Day: Mathieu Carle (1987)