Unfortunately it hasn’t been too long since the last NHL lockout. With Tomas Plekanec, Alexei Emelin, Tomas Kaberle, Yannick Weber, Raphael Diaz and most recently Max Pacioretty taking their talents East, let’s take a look back at who left and what they did during the last NHL lockout.
Before Bonk had a chance to ply his trade in Montreal, being acquired by the Canadiens during the offseason in 2004, along with Cristobal Huet, he played in the Czech Extraliga during the lockout. He played most of the season with HC Ocelari Trinec, registering 6 goals and 16 points in 27 games before switching over to Zlin ZPS AC, where he put up 3 goals and 5 points in six games. He chipped in with 2 assists in six games in the playoffs. When he finally joined the Canadiens after the lockout, he put together two subpar seasons compared to his point totals with the Ottawa Senators. The Canadiens did not re-sign him after his contract ran out.
A relative regular on the Canadiens’ blueline leading up to the lockout, the small but powerful Bouillon took up with Leksands IF in the Allsvenskan. Bouillon produced solid numbers with Leksand, recording six goals and 18 points in 21 games. He played four more seasons with the Canadiens following the lockout before signing with Nashville in ’09-’10. His best point production in his career came the season immediately following the lockout, scoring 3 goals and 22 points in 67 games.
Bulis spent four seasons with the Canadiens before the lockout, where he joined his hometown club Pardubice HC in the Czech Extraliga. He had a very good season, scoring 24 goals and 49 points in 45 regular season games. Pardubice went on to win the Extraliga playoffs where Bulis scored 7 goals and 11 points in 16 games. His return to the NHL for the ’05-’06 season saw him hit a career high in goals with 20 and tie a career high in points with 40. He was not re-signed at season’s end and the Vancouver Canucks signed him to a one year deal.
Dagenais was a pleasant surprise when he played 50 games for the Canadiens prior to the lockout, scoring 17 goals and 27 points. During the lockout he joined HC Ajoie of the Swiss B-League. He scored 5 goals and 10 points in seven games. He shined in the playoffs scoring 7 goals and 14 points in six games. His return to the NHL following the lockout was disappointing as he only managed 5 goals and 12 points in 32 games. What may have been most disappointing was he never learned to turn right. He went to Sweden the following season and has not been back in the NHL since.
Little Hossa had a few sporadic seasons under his belt for the Canadiens before joining IK Mora of the Swedish Elitserien with big brother Marion. He scored 18 goals and 24 points in 48 games during his time in Sweden. He never had a chance to return to Montreal as he was traded to the New York Rangers for Garth Murray before the ’05-’06 season began. He had three dismal seasons in New York before jumping to the KHL. Permanently.
Fresh off losing the Calder Trophy to Andrew Raycroft, Ryder spent his time with Francis Bouillon playing for Leksands IF in the Swedish Allsvenskan. Ryder picked up where he left off in Montreal, scoring 27 goals and 48 points in 32 games for the club. He returned to Montreal scoring consecutive 30-goal seasons before falling off his career production and not being re-signed by the Canadiens during his third season with the club after the lockout. The Boston Bruins picked him and a few years later he became a Stanley Cup Champion. He’s now playing in Dallas where he scored 35 goals last season.
Sundstrom had about a season and a half under his belt with the Canadiens before the lockout hit. He joined HC Milano in Italy and registered 9 goals and 36 points in 33 games. He also helped lead his team to a playoff championship, scoring 1 goal and 11 points in 8 games. The next season with the Canadiens was disappointing as he only registered 6 goals and 15 points in 55 games. The following season he signed with Modo of the Swedish Elitserien and hasn’t played an NHL game since.