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08-27-2015, 03:16 PM
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Blaine Stoughton

He gets traded from the whalers where he averaged 50 goals a season and once traded to the Rangers he gets buried in the minors . Did his skill set just disappear or was it a personality clash with trader Phil ?

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He gets traded from the whalers where he averaged 50 goals a season and once traded to the Rangers he gets buried in the minors . Did his skill set just disappear or was it a personality clash with trader Phil ?
He was done and thats why whalers traded him. The only reason Rangers took a chance on him was because they hoped he would click with his old partner Mike Rogers.

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Stoughton was a one-way player and goal-suck with a great shot who thrived on bad Whaler teams where he didn't have to play defense.

Out of that system ... not so much.

It is crazy how quickly his career ended, though. 5th in goals in the NHL in the 5-year stretch from 1979-84, then never plays another game after 1984.

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I did a big tell-all interview with Blaine that can be found in my book Hockey Hotbeds. He talks about his whole career and life as an underrated player:

http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/97819...s#.Vd90TvlVh2E

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He gets traded from the whalers where he averaged 50 goals a season and once traded to the Rangers he gets buried in the minors . Did his skill set just disappear or was it a personality clash with trader Phil ?
This is one of those deals that looks strange on paper but in reality, most people at the time kind of saw this coming.

When Emile Francis took over as the General Manager of the Hartford Whalers the clock started ticking on Blaine Stoughtoen's career with the Whale. While Stoughton was quite gifted offensively, he was a defensive black hole, played with no edge at all, and lacked consistency. He also was prone to vanishing altogether when games got physical.

Rumors of him being on the block circulated for weeks leading up to the trade and despite his pedigree of a high-end goal scorer, there wasn't a ton of interest in Stoughton. The Rangers, who already employed former Whaler Mike Rogers, decided to roll the dice. Rogers were posted back-to-back 105 point seasons with the Whalers (as Blaine Stoughtoen's centre) then got dealt to New York were he then put up a 103 point season. However, the following year he dipped to 76 points then he fell off to 61 points in '83-'84. Thinking that reuniting Stoughton and Rogers might juice both players, the Rangers acquired Blaine for the low cost of defenseman Scot Kleinendorst. With the Rangers, Stoughton scored on his first shot but he only managed 7 points in 14 games on Broadway. Despite playing just 14 games with Rangers, he improbably managed to post the fourth worst plus minus on the team. Rogers - who was also an offence only player - led the way -24 rating on a team made up primarily of plus players and New York management decided it was unwise to pair these two together.

Stoughton was a healthy scratch for the playoffs and spent the next year in the minors. In the AHL, he did himself no favours in terms of working his way back to the NHL by playing lazy, uninspired hockey and finished sixth in team scoring.

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08-27-2015, 06:59 PM
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He really did himself no favors being 31 on a farm team where that basically meant your career was over, also 31 and on that farm team that year, Al Sims, veteran d man who went on to play 0 more games in the nhl, 31 year old Larry Patey who went on to play 0 more nhl games, and a 32 year old Robbie Ftorek who despite managing almost a point a game would play 0 games in the nhl the following year, so basically no matter what Stoughton did on this fairly terrible team, he was pretty much done.

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Little story here

Blaine's family (believe his sister and her fam) has a lakefront cottage at Dauphin Lake, Manitoba. About 3.5 hrs north-west of Winnipeg. It's a few down from my grandparents old cottage (now my cousin's).

We spent a couple weeks there every summer growing up. I can't recall Blaine very much, but I know I saw him once there for sure as we'd be over there playing with the kids at that cottage.

Anyways, one summer way way back (I would say early 1980s), Blaine was out on the lake in a small boat, and the engine had died. A storm was brewing, so he was in trouble. My dad took my grandpa's boat and headed out to save him.

We received no cool Whalers gear in appreciation, but my big brother did make-out with his daughter little over a decade later. Gorgeous blond, Texas accent.

Consider us even, Blaine.


To add, Butch Goring has a cottage at the beach over, and Ron Low has frequented the place as well to golf.

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He was done and thats why whalers traded him. The only reason Rangers took a chance on him was because they hoped he would click with his old partner Mike Rogers.

pretty much this--his did not have fast speed to start with--but he had lost a step.

his numbers are based upon having Mike Richards and Ron Francis in the middle

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In the 2 seasons preceding Stoughton and the Whalers joining the NHL, Stoughton put up 77 points in 138 WHA games.

In his first NHL season, he goes from being just over a half a PPG player in the WHA, to putting up 104 points in the NHL.

That's odd.

Nice story above about rescuing him on the lake, and getting some smoochy time with his daughter.

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Blaine wasn't even the most popular Stoughton in the Hartford area when he played here. His wife, Cindy, was a former Playboy Bunny. She was the real celebrity.

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Its not that odd, the racers that had stoughton for most of those two seasons were a terrible team who finished dead last,before that on the stingers he was lacking a great center to set him up, the top two centers were Ftorek and Sobchuck, in his last 30 games in New England he was basically played as a third line winger.
Once back in the nhl he was given the first line job.

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Its not that odd, the racers that had stoughton for most of those two seasons were a terrible team who finished dead last,before that on the stingers he was lacking a great center to set him up, the top two centers were Ftorek and Sobchuck, in his last 30 games in New England he was basically played as a third line winger.
Once back in the nhl he was given the first line job.
I thought Rich Leduc was Stoughton's centre when he scored fifty goals with the Stingers and in '78 they both got traded to Indianapolis.


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for those who remember that far back: a dany heatley (ott era), or more of a ray sheppard-style poor man's heatley?

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08-28-2015, 04:45 PM
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it wasnt a trade, the stingers were going broke and dropped i believe7 contracts on the racers, who promptly when broke shortly there after..the whole thing seemed more like a con/shell game, than a hockey transaction. Leduc was dealt away quickly the next season to the nords, while Stoughton was stuck with the racers til their demise when the Whalers picked him up in the inevitable "dispersment draft"...so it was under these circumstances where Stoughtons scoring went down a touch.
Leduc would stick with the nords even returning to the NHL but like some of his former wha teamates, ron chipperfield and serge bernier they would find the transition hard and all 3 were soon finished in the nhl.

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