The Edmonton Oilers haven’t been around a long time in historic terms but have a 40 years of interesting back pages. If you’ve been around long enough, you experience the ebbs and flows, good times and bad. Sometimes, a team’s fortunes seem to turn on a single event.
- February 12, 1972: D Allan Hamilton selected by Alberta (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft. Hamilton would anchor the Oilers blue throughout their WHA seasons (72-79) and gave the team offensive punch too, scoring 44 or more points in a season five times. Hamilton’s signing ushered in the first phase of the Oilers and although he was a spent force when the club earned its NHL stripes, Hamilton and those WHA men paved the way for the team we enjoy and obsess over to this day.
- November 24, 1987: D Paul Coffey is traded to Pittsburgh by Edmonton with Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp for Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan, Moe Mantha and Chris Joseph. 15 years after the Hamilton acquistion, the Oilers–a glory team in 1987 on their way to their fourth Stanley the following spring–dealt defender Paul Coffey. Although the club would also win in 1990, Coffey’s exit was a major turning point in the history of the club. Not only couldn’t they keep ALL of their gifted soldiers, as it turned out they couldn’t keep ANY of them.
- July 1, 2012: Edmonton Oilers sign college free agent D Justin Schultz. 25 years after trading Paul Coffey the Edmonton Oilers score a major win. Justin Schultz–as if he doesn’t have enough pressure–may represent a turn in fortune, a change in direction, a return to glory.
25 years from now I hope to be here, and we can remember the 5 Stanley’s from the past and 5 more to come (hey, we can dream). Sports franchises don’t really shift that much over a decade or two or even a century, but one of the common themes of success is strong ownership and success in procurement of gifted young players. We shouldn’t expect Justin Schultz to be Paul Coffey or even Allan Hamilton (who was a quality defenseman) but acquiring this player without giving up a player or pick is a major turning point–especially after the team’s free agent experiences since 2006 summer.
We have a cool group joining us for the show today at noon on TEAM 1260. Please send your questions via the comments section, firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter @Lowetide_ or @ItsNationRadio. Scheduled to appear:
- Jonathan Willis, the hardest working man on the internet! Jon took a vacation recently and the internet dropped dead. Seriously. Well he’s back and mystifying, stupifying, enraging, engaging and turning out about one dozen articles an hour. We’ll force him to put down his tablet and spend some quality time with us.
- Kirk Luedeke from NEHJ and Redline Report. Our man Kirk guided us through the winter and spring with draft tidbits and now we’ll spend a few minutes looking back on winners and losers. I think you’ll be surprised by some of his takes.
- Cam Davie, Tinfoil Tuque from Canucks Army. We’re going to talk the hell out of hockey, but we’ll also discuss Cam’s involvement in ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER and his inspiration for it. If you haven’t read the story, please follow the link and get the back story. You won’t regret it.
- David Staples from Cult of Hockey. We’ll talk arena, team building, free agency, draft and more with David and maybe look back a little too.
- Jeff Krushell from Krush Sports Performance. Jeff will guide us through a few health related questions in regard to recovery and we’ll also discuss the possible lockout and how that might impact training, preparation and returning from injury.
Looking forward to it, hope you can join Connor Halley and me.