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04-06-2012, 03:28 AM
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The Montreal Gazette - March 8th, 1968:
Manager-Coach Punch Imlach of the Toronto Maple Leafs received a quick down payment from his trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday when the Leafs won a 7-2 decision over the Philadelphia Flyers.
That's more goals that the Leafs have scored at times in a half-dozen games this season and he admitted making the trade to increase the team's firepower. What's more, all three players acquired in the trade - Norm Ullman, Floyd Smith and Paul Henderson - scored, and the line showed the way for the rest of the Leafs...Norm Ullman was awarded the first star and he really earned it. From the ovation he received, it seemed that the fans had already forgotten all about Frank Mahovlich.
Ullman has been a fine two-way hockey player for a long time - he's probably the best forechecker in the league, though he always seems to be able to find his way into the slot when the puck comes out - and you wonder why the Red Wings were ready to part with him. Maybe Imlach answered that question when he explained why he was ready to include Mahovlich in the trade.
"To get something good," he said, "you have to give up something good."
But Ullman implied in a television interview that there was a little more to it than that, though he didn't spell it out. He certainly didn't look unhappy at finding himself in a Toronto uniform.
The trade recalls another that Imlach made on February 22, 1964, in which he shipped Dick Duff, Bobby Nevin, Arnie Brown, Rod Seiling and Earl Collins to the New York Rangers and got Andy Bathgate and Don McKenney in return...
Ron Andrews, publicity director of the NHL, was talking about it yesterday. "Imlach has pointed out that it was a good trade for the Leafs because it helped them win the Stanley Cup that year and the Rangers haven't won anything since," he said, "but the trade kind of boomeranged on him in the 1965 playoffs when they lost to the Canadiens in the final series. The Canadiens won the series on power play goals and there isn't any doubt that the Leafs missed Bobby Nevin as a penalty killer."
- more confirmation of Ullman's excellent two-way game and terrific forechecking.
- interesting that Ullman may have had some stress with the Red Wings organization before the trade. Another guy who didn't get along with Jack Adams?
- Leafs fans indirectly hate on Mahovlich even after he's gone.
- more confirmation that Nevin was an outstanding penalty killer.
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