This is Neal Broten. I’ve always liked these old time North Star uniforms, wish the Minnesota club could bring them back. I don’t mind the Wild uniforms (the new ones with the stylized spelling are quite smart) but the North Star uniforms were colorful and had some tradition.
Ted Harris played for the North Stars toward the end of his career. Harris and John Ferguson (the elder) had a big impact on 1960′s hockey. The Habs kept getting beat up by the Bruins and other, more physical players so the Habs went about the task of finding three men who could do 2 things: enforce, and play.
Harris, Ferguson and Terry Harper (already in the system) changed the way Montreal approached games and the Stanley drought (Hawks in ’61, Leafs in ’62, ’63 and ’64) ended when the freewheeling returned. I wonder if the Oilers could find two tough guys who could actually play between now and the fall?
EDIT TO ADD: Linus Omark signed today. 800k per year, 2 years and an $80,000 signing bonus. More on this later, suffice to say we have our new Schremp.