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Montreal Canadiens
Team Page | 2000-2001 Schedule | Roster | 1999-2000 Player Stats
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1999-2000 Stat Leaders
Stat  Leader  No. 
Goals  Sergei Zholtok  26 
Assists  Dainius Zubrus  28 
Points  Martin Rucinsky  49 
+/-  Craig Rivet  11 
Shots  Martin Rucinsky  242 
Ice Time (F)  Saku Koivu  19:13 
Ice Time (D)  Eric Weinrich  25:20 
Faceoff Pct.  Trevor Linden  56.28 
Hits  Turner Stevenson  160 
PP Pts  Martin Rucinsky  20 
SH Pts  Patrick Poulin 

Among the many numbers that defined Montreal's 1999-2000 season -- 194 goals allowed, 35 wins, 83 points, zero players to reach 50 points -- one figure overwhelms: 536. The Canadiens set an unofficial record (only because it's an unofficial statistic) with 563 man games lost to injury. Marginal players, role players, star players none were immune.

At times the team was without nine regulars. Here are some members of the 4077th; form a single-file line, boys: Forwards Saku Koivu (shoulder surgery), Shayne Corson (colitus), Benoit Brunet (back), Brian Savage (fractured vertebrae and ligament damage in his spinal column), Trevor Linden (sprained ankle), and defensemen Vladimir Malakhov (torn knee ligaments), Patrice Brisebois (back surgery) and Igor Ulanov (fractured foot). All of this before Christmas, too.

Somehow in the midst of those absences, Alain Vigneault pieced together a lineup that could get hot: 6-2-3 in January and a 12-3-0 stretch into mid-February. But in the end, of course, five wins in their final 14 games was not good enough.

For more on the Canadiens, bookmark this page and check back Wednesday, Oct. 11 for a Sports Illustrated Scouting Report.

  • Alain Vigneault kept this team alive despite long odds and a roster that was often half NHL and half AHL.
  • Two decent goaltenders (though Jose Theodore remained unsigned and unhappy until early October) who both had their sparkling performances last season. Incentives in Theodore's recenlty signed contract reportedly kick in at 15 wins and are based on 30 appearances.
  • Brian Savage scored 10 goals (two hat tricks) in the first 10 games last season.
  • Saku Koivu and Savage were signed at the same salaries they earned last season.
  • Martin Rucinsky, who led the team (but would have led few others) with 49 points, signed a one-year contract September 6 after threatening to hold out.
  • Trevor Linden scored only two goals prior to his December 1 ankle injury. He returned a month later to score 11 more, but cracked ribs put him down for the season in March.
  • Koivu followed his 82-game rookie season in 1995-96 with seasons of 50, 69, 65 and 24 games. He's an assist machine, but must score some goals for this goal-challenged team.
  • Savage, who isn't thrilled with his contract, scored only two goals in games No. 11 through 21 before suffering the career- and life-threatening injury. (He did, however, finish with 10 points in 17 games after his return.)
  • Team is for sale. That's the bad news the really bad news is that no takers have stepped forward.
  • Comings
    Player  Pos.  From  Via 
    Andrei Bashkirov  LW  Montreal  Re-signed 
    Eric Bertrand  LW  Nashville  Free agent 
    Sylvain Blouin  LW  St. Louis  Free agent 
    Jim Campbell  RW  St. Louis  Free agent 
    Craig Darby  Montreal  Re-signed 
    Xavier Delisle  Tampa Bay  Re-signed 
    Matt Higgins  Montreal  Re-signed 
    Saku Koivu  Montreal  Re-signed 
    Eric Landry  San Jose  Free agent 
    Mike McBain  Montreal  Re-signed 
    Trent McCleary  Montreal  Re-signed 
    Patrick Poulin  Montreal  Re-signed 
    Brian Savage  RW  Montreal  Re-signed 
    P.J. Stock  N.Y. Rangers  Free agent  
    Player  Pos.  To  Via 
    Jesse Belanger  N.Y. Islanders  Free agent 
    Frederic Chabot  Columbus  Expansion 
    Shayne Corson  LW  Toronto  Free agent 
    Jim Cummins  RW  Anaheim  Free agent 
    Scott Lachance  Vancouver  Free agent 
    Turner Stevenson  RW  Columbus  Expansion 
    Prospect Watch
    Andrei Markov, D, 6' 2", 185
    Born: Dec. 20, 1978 in Vosresensk, USSR
    Acquired: 1998 entry draft (No. 162 overall)

    For the second consecutive season Daniil's brother led the Russian League in scoring among defenseman and this season was named the league's most valuable player after taking Moscow Dynamo to the championship. And if you're going to take anyone's word for how he looked in camp, how about veteran hockey writer Pat Hickey's?: "I was able to second Director of Player Personnel Andre Savard's opinion that Markov is a very good skater he appears shorter than his listed height of 6' 2" and stockier than his listed weight of 185 pounds. He's solidly built and supremely confident He said he didn't expect to have difficulty adjusting to the North American style."

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    Friday, Oct. 6 at New Jersey. How about this for a test? The defending Cup champs at Continental Airlines Arena after the Devils raise the Stanley Cup banner.
    Saturday, Nov. 18 vs. Toronto. The cross-province rivalry makes its first Molson Centre stop of the season. Oh yeah, Shayne Corson comes back to town.
    Monday April 2 at Boston. Montreal can't leave points to the final week because this is the first of only three games in April. This one's followed by home dates with Philadelphia and New Jersey.

    "If I feel I'm not ready to do what's best for the team and myself, I won't play. I don't want to hurt the team. I've done a lot of work while this [contract negotiating] thing was going on. I don't think I'm that far back. Right now, all I want to do is work out for a couple of days with the team, and then we'll see."
    —Jose Theodore

    Team-by-team previews compiled by's Ken Klavon, Jamie MacDonald and Jimmy Traina.

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