The Montreal Canadiens failed to win a Stanley Cup for the second consecutive decade. They did have some great performances over the past ten years. Here is their all-decade roster for the 2010’s.
The Montreal Canadiens were the measure of success in the National Hockey League for many years. There were some decades where winning a couple of Stanley Cups would be deemed a disappointment. For the second straight decade and only the second time in their great history, the Canadiens failed to win a Stanley Cup.
The Canadiens did have some success in the past ten years. The made it to the Eastern Conference Final twice. They won their division twice. They had a Norris Trophy winner. They had a Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award winner as well.
The Canadiens made the playoffs five of the first six years of the decade, but have missed three of the past four and haven’t won a playoff series since they took out the Hamburglar in 2015. They won a total of five playoff series.
Here, we acknowledge the players that had the biggest positive impact on the organization in the past ten years. Picking three forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender from the past decade for the Canadiens would have been the easiest task in hockey writing history. Instead, we have gone deeper and picked the best full roster. That is four forward lines, three defence pairings and two goaltenders.
We would have named a head coach and general manager as well but picking Michel Therrien would have been too much for many readers who would have thrown their iPads and laptops across their living rooms at the mere sight of Therrien’s name on their device.
So, without further ado, we give you the Montreal Canadiens All-Decade roster for the 2010’s.