This is Connie Madigan. He’s a legendary figure (played Mad Dog Madison in Slap Shot) in hockey circles, and was an actual hockey player. About 20 years after he pulled out of Humboldt (born in Thunder, er, Port Arthur, he played for Humboldt in 54-55 in the SJHL) he actually played in the National Hockey League.
Madigan would probably have played 500 NHL games or more had the NHL expanded in 1960 instead of 1967. He was a quality defender in pro leagues 1959-74. He won the Hal Laycoe Award (for best WHL defender, this was the Western Hockey League that was a pro league, a hair below the AHL but with plenty of AHL level players) the year after Pat Stapleton won it. Stapleton took his offense to the show, Madigan stayed for another 7 years in Portland (that’s him in a Portland Buckaroo uniform with the 5 o’clock shadow and the hockey face).
I sometimes wonder if a Connie Madigan is currently in the AHL and wondering why the hell Edmonton doesn’t call him. Currently the Oilers resemble the French in WW2 (all of their cannons are pointed in one direction) in that puck moving defensemen with holes defensively seem to be playing alongside defensive defensemen with holes in their game defensively.
Nowhere is this more pronounced than Right defense. So far this pre-season, the following people have played or are about to play (gp in brackets) RD for the Oildrop:
- Steve Staios
- Dick Tarnstrom (2)
- Matt Greene (3)
- Mathieu Roy (2)
- Tom Gilbert (2)
The fact that Matt Greene is playing again may mean the Oilers are considering where he fits on the depth chart. He is (imo) in danger of being passed on the depth chart by both Roy and Gilbert, and would certainly have to be trailing Staios and Tarnstrom at this stage of the game.
That’s my opinion, but everything I’ve ever heard or read out of the Oilers organization is that Matt Greene is a big part of the future. His size/speed make him a somewhat unique player in terms of toolbox, but in actual fact the player has not progressed and is still taking “clutch and grab” penalties in a day and time when the league tolerates neither offense.
With the Oilers having very little room to carry any player who costs them games, it seems to me that Matt Greene is about to be traded.
It’s almost certain I am wrong.