Before I start, I just want to apoligize for a lack of posts. Been busy a lot recently, and there are no rumors to report about due to the trade freeze. Anyways, here are the top 5 Montreal Canadiens still active in the NHL.
                                          Mikhail Grabovski Playing Against His Current Team, the Toronto Maple Leafs

5. Mikhail Grabovski (Toronto Maple Leafs)- Grabovski is arguably one of the best current Toronto Maple Leaf forwards on the team. (That’s not saying much, he was more of a AHLer with Montreal). He has loads of talent and can make highlight reel plays that leave you scratching your head, wondering how he was not stopped. He has amassed 138 points since joining Toronto via trade for  Greg Pateryn and a 2nd round selection in 2010, which was later traded to Phoenix. While Grabovski does play on the first line in Toronto, he does have some consistency issues that need to be addressed if he will ever be a star in the NHL. But he for sure has the talent.


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4. Mark Streit (New York Islanders)- A year ago, I would have put him first on this list. Streit is the best defenceman on the Islanders, and arguably the best player they have had in many years. He was a good replacement for Sheldon Souray in 2007-2008 with his booming slapshot and offensive ability. He played offense and defense in his time with the Canadiens, but is strictly D on the weak Islanders squad. He can easily get 50+ points a year, even in his early 30′s. Streit missed all of last year with an injury, but expect him to make a big impact this coming season.


                                                                                                                       Jaroslav Halak

3. Jaroslav Halak (St.Louis Blues)- Everyone remembers Montreal’s outstanding playoff run in 2010, and that’s all thanks to Jaroslav Halak. He had a .923 SP during that playoffs, the best of any goalie during that time. He LIVES for big games, and there is not many better in do or die moments. Carey Price had an outstanding season in 2010-2011, but Halak had the better of the 2 during Halak’s last year in Montreal. One of the 2 needed to be traded, and Halak was the one. St. Louis is in good hands with this keeper.


                                                                                                                                                             Saku Koivu, Thanks To RDS

2. Saku Koivu (Anaheim Ducks) Saks is one of the most ionic figures in Montreal Canadiens history. He battled through cancer in 2001-2002, and came back better then ever. After playing 3 gmes in 2002, he had 71 in his comeback year, and the fans supported him the entire time. A talented play maker, Saku was one of the best forwards Montreal has had in the last 15 years, getting 50+ points 7 out of 11 seasons with Montreal. He could make any player better and never backs down from a challenge. He was an inspiration to all hockey fans, no matter what team you cheered for.

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1. Mike Riberio (Dallas Stars)- Riberio has always critizied for being too lazy and having a lack of scoring ability. He was traded to Dallas for Janne Niinimaa, and that has clearly been one of the worst trades in Montreal’s history. Riberio has exceptional vision and creativity on the ice, and his offensive instincts are off the charts. He has had seasons with  71, 78, 83, 53, 59 and 65 points during his career. He is one of the more talented forwards the NHL has seen in recent years, but doesn’t score often (his career best is 27.)


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About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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