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01-18-2010, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by mobilus View Post
True, but Vernon played goal for the Cup run and Ramage was nothing more than reliable. Ramage was gone within a year and a half to the Leafs, with Gilmour and Wamsley following to Toronto another year after that. Although Wamsley and Ramage were there for the Cup in '89, I don't believe either were the crucial element that put the Flames on top. If Calgary had kept that 1988 core together, they would have had Gilmour, Hull, Fleury, Roberts, Nieuwendyk, MacInnis and Vernon all in their primes at the same time. Peter Zezel centered Hull for his 72 goal season in St. Louis. I would imagine Doug Gilmour could have done just as good with Hull in Calgary. As Edmonton was a power throughout the '80s, Calgary could have been for the '90s.
It is amazing to think how strong Calgary could have been if not for those two trades. But even so I don't think they would have been a powerhouse quite on Edmonton's level as the Oilers were in the 80s.

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