Ciccarelli’s playing style seems to have been obscured with the passage of time. In spite of a long career in the bigs, it ended with injury and then if I recall correctly he had to sue his NHL team for salary owed (those lovable owners and their antics).
He was an amazing goal scorer, but he was much more than that. An agitator, a gritty player who went to the blood zones and took his lumps (that #31 in the photo I’ve posted was a world class dink and I will bet you $1000 that Dino got slashed on this play) and he scored 608 NHL regular season goals.
We’re beginning to get a picture of the Edmonton Oilers team for 08-09, with Kevin Prendergast offering up recently that the Oilers needed a scoring winger.
I think they need a Dino Ciccarelli. Although he was never drafted (severe injury) the guy strolled into pro hockey and scored at a frequency even Wilt Chamberlain would have been impressed by, beginning with 55 in his first full season (in this way he resembles Rick Macleish).
If the Oilers could find a gritty, skilled winger to put on the top 6, like this:
They’d have a nice combination of skill and grit on both of the scoring lines. We can argue over Stoll or Cogliano being a better choice than Gagner, or you may think Torres is a better option at LW and we can argue that all summer.
However, the Oilers need a player who can put the puck in the net and are well shy on jerks with skates. As an organization, the leading goal scorer is Horcoff (21) and despite some promise this club doesn’t have two scoring lines. They may have two 20-goal scorers at season’s end and that’s not close to good enough.
Get Dino, wherever Dino is. The Oilers need him and PDQ.