NY Times Preview of 1983-84 Season

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  1. Ziggy Stardust

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    Thought it would be interesting to look back at old NHL season previews from newspapers/publications. Here's one I found from 35 years ago, anticipating the Oilers and Islanders meeting again in the Stanley Cup Finals. However, they did predict a fifth Stanley Cup for the Islanders.

    The article also mentions new rule changes to the playoff format, and the introduction of overtime in regular season play.

    OILERS LOOK TO OVERTAKE ISLANDERS
     
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    Thanks; that's gold.

    I've started to think the whole "1983 Oilers lacked poise" against the mighty Islanders might be mostly hogwash. If you go back and watch game one of the '83 Finals, the Oilers completely dominate the game in every way... but they just don't beat Billy Smith. But then I guess it is true to an extent, as this game one loss rattled them more than it should have.

    That 1983-84-introduced home-ice system for the conference series is the wackiest thing I've yet seen.

    It was interesting how they did the home & away split for the '84 and '85 Cup Finals. In '84, Edmonton had home-ice advantage but started on the road. In '85, Philly had home-ice advantage and started at home, then had three games in Edmonton, and then would have had the last two at home (I think). So, I guess in 1984-85 they extended the 2-3-2 conference-series format to the Stanley Cup Finals... but only did it for one season? I've never understood this.

    Right, Oct.1983 is when overtime came back (finally). That was long overdue.
     
  3. Ziggy Stardust

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    Didn't want to start a separate thread for other season previews, so perhaps I should rename the title of this topic to cover any season preview from yesteryear.

    Here's a series of links to the NY Times season preview for 1988-89, Gretzky's first season with the Kings. Lot of changes happened that summer, including Doug Gilmour to Calgary.

    NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE '88-'89; Edmonton Will Be Difficult to Dethrone
    N.H.L.; Gretzky Show to Cut New Ice Tonight
    N.H.L. Preview; Rangers Relying on Defense
    N.H.L. Preview; Devils Have No Time to Rest on Laurels
     
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    I think 1988-89 might be the NHL season I remember the best, to this day (as in, I remember it more than I remember 2017-18!). That's how it goes when you're 12 or 13...

    It's a funny thing about the Gretzky trade. Some of the teams/managers were predicting the Oilers to falter (I recall Winnipeg's GM predicting that the Jets could now overtake Edmonton), but many of the hockey guides and so on were still saying Edmonton was the team to beat. Carson was seen as a young star with superstar potential, and after the Oilers' (somewhat surprising) trouncing of the opposition in spring '88, people just thought they were invincible. But let me tell you, the 1988-89 season was a horrid one for the Oilers. They got off to a 12-6-2 start, culminating in a 9-1 win over Toronto in which Glenn Anderson scored 1/4 of his goals for the entire season. They then went 26-28-6 the rest of the way, staggering into the playoffs before being defeated in seven by Gretzky and L.A. -- and that, after blowing a 3 games to 1 lead (previously unimaginable), and losing game seven partly due to some atrocious refereeing. Messier was suspended and wasn't quite right; Anderson was horrible; Fuhr was horrible. Carson was great in November and December, so-so in January, and then faded completely after that, barely showing up for the playoffs. Simpson was good but missed several games, as did Tikkanen. Only Jari Kurri played a full season and was consistently strong.

    In those days, Cliff Fletcher used to just snow St.Louis in those trades, with, I guess, the Brett Hull one being the exception (though the Flames won the Cup on the back of it, so...).

    I love how the Leafs were "trying to forget last season". Indeed. In 1986-87, even though they were bad, they were seen as a team maybe on the rise. Courtnall, Clark, Leeman, Damphousse, Thomas, and Iafrate were young players with big promise; Vaive was still there, too. They actually went to game 7 of the second round in the '87 playoffs. Then 1987-88. They allowed 345 goals against and earned 52 points on the season with an 11-40-8 run from mid-November onward. And made the playoffs!

    What a bizarre season.
     
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    Thanks for this. Always fun to look back on old seasons. Who the teams were to watch as well as the players to watch.
     
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    1995 NHL Season Preview from the LA Times,
    1995 NHL SEASON PREVIEW : Blame It on the Rangers : Among the Givens Has Been That They Won't Win the Stanley Cup, but Then It Happened, so It's No Wonder That Nothing Has Gone Right Since

    Here's what they wrote about the eventual Cup champions:
     
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    1989 NHL Season Preview, with Gretzky calling the defending Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames the team to beat.

    NHL Preview : In Year of Soviet Influence, Calgary Is the Team to Beat
     
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    A team by team preview and outlook for the 1995-96 NHL season

    Sports | Preseason Look At '95-96 Nhl Teams | Seattle Times Newspaper

    They were WAY off on Florida: saying they would not only not come close to the playoff picture, but threw out the idea of trading the Beezer

     
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    A preview for one of my favorite seasons ever, 1992-93.

    NHL PREVIEW : Looking for a New Beginning
    I had no clue the league gave players the option play without helmets if they opted to do so during this time. I don't think anyone who was already wearing a helmet decided to go that route.
     
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    I seem to recall Brett Hull toyed with the idea of playing the All-Star Game without his helmet but ultimately changed his mind.
     
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    Roenick wanted to play the 1994 All Star Game without a helmet. Guess it was just talk.

    ROENICK'S STYLE STATEMENT?
     

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