Bellows, Muller, Odelein
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01-08-2004, 07:04 AM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Good to see all the insight and memories on these players!
Speaking of Courtnall, why did Minnesota ever deal Bellows for him? Was it financial reasons? I remembered Bellows signed a large deal (in those days, at least) with Minnesota. Courtnall scored in bunches in Montreal and didn't seem to show much else other than speed, whereas Bellows was quite popular in Minnesota at the time and they had invested a lot in marketing him.
Added to that, hadn't Minnesota just been to the Finals, and Bellows was a potent offensive threat for them?
That turned out to be a fairly successful string of deals. Kordic for Courtnall for Bellows. Of course, then Bellows turned into Bureau...
On another note, I was trying to remember an Odelein 'incident' in his last few years in Montreal, where (as I recall) he took a slapshot at the Buffalo bench during a heated and frustrating time for the Canadiens. There were a few hostile games between a goonish Sabre team (featuring Rob Ray, Brad May, a young Matthew Barnaby, Mike Peca and Bob Boughner).
I believe this was the year of the Roy trade, and the Habs had some good offensive talent, then surrounded that offensive talent with some tougher players like Brashear, and Chris Murray.
Does anyone remember this slapshot incident, and the events surrounding it?
I suppose with the Hab teams we've had to endure the past couple of years, I've been thinking back to when the Habs had some legitimate toughness....
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