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02-28-2013, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
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In 1982, the Oilers had been in the NHL 3 years and had just had a 111 point season, scoring a record 417 goals and they were the youngest team in the league.
Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
The nickname surrounding that team was "Weak Kneed Wimps." It was sort of a catchphrase at that time. Many critics believed that, sure, the Oilers could score but they couldn't win. This was in the middle of an Islander dynasty and we were seeing a better rounded team acheiving greatness and the Oilers were just scoring and choking. I've seen an interview where Sather claimed that the media was getting on his case. Gretzky said in the same interview (I think it was around 1993) that this is where you saw Sather's patience come through. Honestly, not a lot of coaches/GMs would ignore the media like that.
Phil, Dennis has it right, the Oilers were such a young team in 82 and finished 2nd in the standings and got upset by LA in the first round.

Exactly what was Sather supposed to blow up?

The top 5 scorers on that team were aged 20-21, Fuhr was 19, it wasn't like there was a proven track record of futility there.

Sure the team had it's critics but any of them suggesting that they be blown up would ahve been laughed at.

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