The Gazette’s Red Fisher continues his look at the Top 10 trades in Canadiens’ history. At No. 9, he places the acquisition of Bobby Smith from the Minnesota North Stars during the 1983-84 season for Mark Napier, Keith Action and a third-round draft pick.
Smith was the No.1 overall pick of the North Stars in the 1978 entry draft after having scored 69 goals and 123 assists in only 61 games with the Ottawa 67’s that season. He also had size at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, something then GM Serge Savard said his team was missing.
“I don’t think I would have won the Stanley Cup in ’86 without him,” Savard said recently. “He gave us a dimension we didn’t have … he gave us size. I’m not saying he was the best player on the team, but he gave us what we needed. He brought a lot of character to the team. You noticed him every time he was on the ice.”