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02-25-2009, 11:02 AM
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But the trap itself wasn't invented in the late 80s. Maybe a form of the trap was conceived around that time. But Scotty Bowman was using a trap in the 70s even with the great Montreal Canadiens' line-ups. He was coaching St. Louis as a new coach and with a fairly mediocre line-up he brought his team to two Stanley Cup finals. The guy was an outstanding hockey mind that was thinking about systems when nobody in Canada knew what that was. The Habs snatched him up and the rest is history. Then Jacques Lemaire after he retired as a player, traveled Europe and went to seminars to perfect himself as a coach. There he learned new ways to implant the trap and put it to use in 1983 when he became the Montreal Canadiens's coach. Sure Patrick Roy was a great goalie but the system(wich Guy Lafleur prefered to retire rather than playing it) was a huge reason why the team won the cup in 86 and 93.
By the way, I don't know how much the Devils looked at Tommy Albelin. But one thing is for sure, the Devils never drafted him: he was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques and he played years with them.
fairly sure st louis got into the finals because all the expansion teams were in one division and the original 6 were in the other.
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