The Gazette’s Red Fisher continues his look at the Top 10 trades in Canadiens’ history. At No. 5 is Peter Mahovlich, who was dealt to Montreal with Bart Crashley by the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Garry Monahan and Doug Piper on June 6, 1969.
Fisher writes: Mahovlich was a perfect fit with the Canadiens. They needed his size (6-foot-5, 210 pounds). They needed his skill with the puck. They needed the joy he brought to the ice, and off it. Hockey was a game, something to enjoy – and Peter enjoyed it to the fullest. What also made the big centreman special was that while his linemates rode the big wave with him.