Turns out Dick Tarnstrom was a pretty damn good hockey player. Nice skater, moved the puck well, had some gaps, some injury troubles and despite impressive offense at the NHL level his shot wasn’t much to write home about.
In other words, a flawed but valuable NHL hockey player. The Oilers badly needed him the day they signed him but like a gambler in Vegas down on his luck and looking for the Johnny Cash, the Oilers kept finding better options in one narrow view and not addressing other areas.
Possibly more than any other player on the Edmonton Oilers, Dick Tarnstrom was a victim of the madness that was the Oilers summer 2007.
Kevin Lowe did the honorable thing by cutting Dick Tarnstrom loose.
Looks like one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.