This is Butch Goring. At the trade deadline in 1980, Bill Torrey needed to add a quality player at center to improve the depth chart (C’s that year included Bryan Trottier, Bob Bourne, Wayne Merrick, Lorne Henning and Steve Tambellini). Torrey-a brilliant hockey man-made a deal for Goring and the Islanders won their first of 4 Stanley’s that spring with the LA King pickup playing a major role.
Sometimes things just break right, but the key is being smart enough to make the move when it comes available.
The Montreal Canadiens continued their “summer of curious decisions” tour today by announcing they would not sign Dominic Moore, Glen Metropolit and David Fischer.
Moore is a solid 2-way center with some sandpaper; his FO % last season was 55.8% in Florida and then 53.2% with Montreal (after he was dealt to the Habs). Metropolit is an inexpensive 2-way veteran capable of playing any position. Fischer did not progress in college and will begin his pro career as an extreme underdog.
Moore looks like that 3line C we’ve been talking about for awhile; Metropolit might be able to mentor some of these skilled kids on the finer points (good positioning, busting your ass on a turnoever in the neutral zone) and Fischer is the ultimate flyer.
I’d be happy if the Oilers signed any one of these discarded Habs. Montreal is making some poor decisions (new GM) and someone is going to take advantage. Here’s hoping Steve Tambellini makes a call.