Question about Hartford Whalers in the mid 80's
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12-19-2012, 08:05 AM
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I appreciate the responses.
Additional question. What was the reasoning for trading franchise center Ron Francis to Pittsburgh?
Coach Rick Ley stripped Francis of the captaincy. He made Pat Verbeek captain. Never got the story (that I can remember) of the Francis-Ley feud. Maybe Ley just wasn't happy with Francis' style (soft?) compared to Verbeek. Whalers also needed offense badly and John Cullen was having a career year. Zalapski (known as Collapski to Whalers fans) was a wonderful offensive Dman and a true wonder in his own end.
Rick Ley was fired in the off season.
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