Tenth Anniversary of Le Trade

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of Le Trade, the 5-player deal that changed the NHL and sent Patrick Roy from the Montreal Canadiens to the Colorado Avalanche and legend status.

For those who need a recap, tensions between Roy and then Habs manager Mario Tremblay came to a head when the goalie was humiliated on home ice by the Detroit Red Wings and their nine goals in 31 minutes (and by Tremblay for leaving him in that long).

Patrick Roy Tremblay


I’m just curious - when your colossal cock-up births one of the greatest goalies in NHL history while simultaneously destroying one franchise and building another, do you bother to look for a silver lining or do you slink away to Minnesota where people are too nice to laugh at you?