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Trade Autopsy: Guy Lapointe

Thursday, 29.01.2009 / 8:00 AM / News
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Trade Autopsy: Guy Lapointe
MONTREAL - A free agent signing, a draft pick or a trade can leave long-lasting results on an organization. A player's arrival, like their departure, can have a veritable domino effect. With that in mind, we take a look at the impact of Hall of Fame defenseman Guy Lapointe’s tenure with the Canadiens.

Lapointe joined the organization in 1967 and got his first taste of the NHL in a one-game stint in 1968-69 before making the full-time jump during training camp in 1970. From that point on, he skated his way up to elite status on the blue line, capturing six Stanley Cups in 14 seasons alongside Larry Robinson and Serge Savard. He also left his mark in the Canadiens record book when he lit the lamp 28 times in 1974-75, the most by any defenseman in club history.

His career came to a crossroads at the 1981-82 trade deadline and on March 9, the man known as “Pointu” followed the path to St. Louis in exchange for a second round pick in the 1983 draft.

Then-Canadiens General Manager Serge Savard used that 27th overall selection to add Montreal native Sergio Momesso. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward spent three seasons as a Hab, including 24 games in the teams’ Stanley Cup-winning 1985-86 campaign.

On August 9, 1988, Momesso, together with promising goaltender Vincent Riendeau, followed Lapointe’s road to St. Louis. In return came forward Jocelyn Lemieux, brother of famed agitator Claude, netminder Darrell May and the Blues’ second round selection in the following year’s draft.

While May would never see the NHL with the Canadiens and Lemieux suited up for a mere 35 games in Montreal before being traded to Chicago for a 1990 draft pick (Charles Poulin), the St. Louis pick made up for both, in the form of Patrice Brisebois.

Before his first go-round came to an end after the 2003-04 season, Brisebois’ resume included 791 games with the Habs, a spot among the top six defenseman in team history with 342 points and a Stanley Cup Championship.

CHAIN REACTION TOTALS

Name
GP
G
A
PTS
Cups
Guy Lapointe
777
166
406
572
6
Sergio Momesso
137
29
38
67
0
Jocelyn Lemieux
35
4
3
7
0
Darrell May
-
-
-
-
-
Patrice Brisebois
791
79
263
342
1
Charles Poulin
-
-
-
-
-
TOTAL
1740
278
710
988
7