Monday, July 12, 2010
Getting the Band Back Together
I accidentally stumbled across Wild GM Chuck Fletcher's plan the other night while watching The NHL Network. Game 4 of the 1981 Cup Finals was being replayed; an upstart Edmonton Oilers team against the 4 time defending champion Islanders. It then donned on me: Chuck's trying to reassemble the 1981 New York Islanders by using kids and nephews of the cup-winners.
First part of plan: get Clark Gilles' nephew Colton on the team. Former GM Doug Risebrough had already accomplished this by taking young Gilles several spots ahead of where he was ranked. Gilles floundered in his first NHL season and spent 2009-10 in the AHL.
Second part: sign Eric Nystrom. Done. Nystrom, as you may recall, is Bobby Nystrom's son. Perfect!
Third part of plan: find out of Bryan Trottier or Mike Bossy have any offspring that can put the puck in the net.