I remember the 1987 Stanley Cup final very well, mostly because the Oilers were in a G7 and the thought of losing was unbearable, impossible to imagine. My fears were confirmed in 2006, when the Oilers lost a game 7 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I remember being pretty frustrated that series–this was the season after the 1986 debacle–and the Oilers couldn’t cash on the many, many chances. I thought they’d done well at the deadline (Edmonton added Kent Nilsson for Stu Kulak, although it was reported as a draft choice, and the records at hockey-reference now say cash–with Wayne Gretzky’s famous quote about Nilsson being the ‘purest, most talented NHL player’ a ringing endorsement; Reijo Ruotsalainen, who was acquired in October 1986 but didn’t arrive in Edmonton until late March; Moe Lemay, a role player who had certainly done enough against the Oilers to be worthy of acquisition) and was looking forward to a long playoff run.
The Oilers won Stanley in 1984 and 1985, but you have to remember that 1986 shook the organization and the fanbase that morning was busy creating all kinds of doomsday scenarios. Seems ridiculous now, but believe me when I say every red-blooded Oiler fan at least thought a G7 loss to Hextall, Howe and Propp.
Today on Team 1260 (starting at 10am), Lowdown with Lowetide features:
- Michael Parkatti from Boys on the Bus. Michael watched that G7 from 1987 and applied modern advanced stats to the game with interesting results. We’ll compare them to what we were all talking about 26 years ago.
- Neal Livingston from Tend The Farm. We’ll talk about a nice run for the OKC Barons so far this season.
- Scott Taylor from the Huddle magazine and TheHuddle.co. We’ll talk NHL playoffs, Oilers-Jets and trading down/up, and I’ll ask Scott to put that Leafs loss to Boston in historical (or hysterical) perspective.
- David Staples from Cult Of Hockey. David tweeted last night that the Arena deal is going to get some good news today, we’ll talk to him just ahead of today’s council meeting.
- Tom Lynn, former NHL manager and current hockey agent. We’ll discuss the process of preparing for the draft, the combine and dealing with expectations.
10-1260 for texting, twitter @Lowetide_ and we’ll have one open segment for calls (426-TEAM). Hope you can tune in!