Pens Underground: CP Gave Badger Bob a Heck of a B-Day Present - Pens Underground

Jump to content

Page 1 of 1
  • You cannot start a new topic
  • You cannot reply to this topic

CP Gave Badger Bob a Heck of a B-Day Present THE Blockbuster Trade that brought the Cup

#1 User is offline   Badger Bob 

  • What? Me Worry?
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 43,816
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Hood of the Burgh's Burbs
  • Interests:Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, Pitt FB, Pitt BB, PSU FB
    Sleeping

Posted 04 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

Empty Netters Blog 3-4-11

Quote


Twenty Years Later - The trade - 03-04-11

Friday, March 04, 2011 12:01 PM Written by Seth Rorabaugh


"Twenty Years Later" is a segment with a highly unimaginative name which will appear on Empty Netters throughout the 2010-11 season. We will examine the Penguins' 1990-91 season which led to the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. We will look back on games on a particular date and catch up with former players, coaches, executives and media members who were a part or around that team.

Today, we look at the Penguins blockbuster trade with the Hartford Whalers which brought center defensemen Grant Jennings, Ulf Samuelsson and center Ron Francis to Pittsburgh in exchange for centers John Cullen, Jeff Parker and defenseman Zarley Zalapski, March 4, 1991. The transaction remains the most significant in franchise history.The following is a reprint of the Post-Gazette's story on the trade from March, 5, 1991.


Penguins send Cullen, Zalapski to Hartford in
blockbuster deal for Francis, Samuelsson, Jennings

By Tom McMillan
Post-Gazette Sports Writer

The Penguins, looking to add size and improve their defensive game on the eave of the NHL trading deadline, pulled off a blockbuster last night.

Posted Image

They sent center John Cullen, defenseman Zarley Zalapski and minor leaguer Jeff Parker to the Hartford Whalers for center Ron Francis and defensemen Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings.

"We felt we put a package together to improve our hockey club - that's the bottom line," General Manager Craig Patrick said.

Francis, 28, is an effective two-way center who has played in three NHL All-Star Games. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder scored a career-high 34 goals and 101 points last season. He has 21 goals, 55 assists and 76 points in 67 games this year.

Like Cullen, he is playing out his option.

Samuelsson, who will turn 27 this month, is an aggressive defenseman who is particularly efficient in front of his own net. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Sweden has three goals and 21 points with 174 penalty minutes in 62 games this year. And his a plus-13 ona team with many minus players.

Jennings, 25, brings size and toughness, although he has played only one full NHL season. A hulk at 6-4, 220, he has one goal, five points and 82 penalty minutes in 44 games this year. He was bold enough to fight Detroit's Bob Probert twice in one game.

Posted Image

"I was shocked that those players were available," Penguins coach Bob Johnson said from his home late last night, shortly after the trade was announced. "But to get good players, you've got to give up good players. It's very difficult to trade John Cullen and Zarley Zalapski."

Cullen, 26, is the fifth-leading scorer in the NHL this season with 31 goals and 94 points in 65 games. A gutsy player at 5-10, 185, he helped carry the Penguins' offense during Mario Lemieux's absence in the first four months of the season.

Zalapski, 22, was the Penguins' first-round draft choice in 1986 and has shown glimpses of brilliance, although his career here has been speckled with injuries and inconsistency. The 6-1, 210 pounders had 12 goals and 48 points in 66 games this season.

Parker, 26, was signed as a free agent in January and sent to Muskegon for conditioning purposes. The 6-3, 206 pound center had one goal and seven points in eight games with the Lumberjacks.

"John Cullen was a favorite of mine and Zarley is a good defenseman," Johnson said. "We gave up to excellent players. But we got back two All-Stars, and we thing we're going to help our hockey club."

Posted Image

With the Penguins in the midst of a 10-game road winless streak, Johnson went public last week with a plea for "more pieces to the puzzle." He was particularly interested in adding "A big, strong, defenseman." And now he has two.

Samuelsson, in particular, may be the heart of the deal. He has run up at least 159 penalty minutes in each of the last six seasons and is described by one talent evaluator as "A mean [guy] ... someone you hate unless he's on your team."

The Penguins also look at Francs as a splendid No. 2 center behind Lemieux. Last year, when he scored 101 points, the Whalers were pushing him for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward.

Hartford coach Rick Ley stripped Francis of his captaincy in a controversial move early this season, but Whalers teammates rallies to his defense, and he remained a popular player in the community. He is earning $370,00 in his option year, and the possibility of further contract negotiations was a constant theme in Hartford. He has been the subject of numerous trade rumors.

"I'm looking forward to Pittsburgh, but I'm going to miss this place," Francis told the Hartford Courant." I cam here as a kid. I've got a lot of friends. It's tough from that standpoint."

Posted Image

It is the second major deal between the Penguisn and Whalers this season - and the second time Harford General Manager Eddie Johnston, the former Penguins GM, has acquired one of his ex-players.

Earlier, the Penguins traded high-scoring Rob Brown to the Whalers for Scott Young. Johnson drafted Brown in the fourth round in 1984.

This time, Johnson got Zalapski - whom he drafted in the first round the same year.

"Cullen's skill level is very, very high." Johnston said, "and we needed someone to play the point on the power play. Zarley really runs the point well."

Ley, reacting to the trade, said, "This was a situation where everybody wants us to improve, everybody wants us to get better, and we have not dont hat with people we had."

(Photos: Penguins Hockey Cards)




:huepfend_012: :unsure: :squee:



I wonder if BB gave CP a hug for this one?


Jennings fought Probert twice in one game? :45:


It was sad seeing Johnny Cullen go, but I guess the trade was worth it, yes?
It's A Great Day for Hockey!!!

Stay out of my profile Goulet!!!
0

#2 User is offline   FanSince74 

  • purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 15,587
  • Joined: 17-February 09
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Frazer Twp
  • Interests:Hockey
    DVDs
    RPG games

Posted 04 March 2011 - 12:56 PM

Oh yea, the trade was worth it. Big Time.
Posted Image
0

#3 User is offline   Hankey 

  • wat
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 8,221
  • Joined: 23-March 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:International
  • Interests:Bedroom Mascots.

Posted 04 March 2011 - 12:57 PM

Johhny C was a decent Leaf. He was my winter time replacement for Johhny O from the Jays.
Everything stated in this message is to be considered my own opinion, and not an official representation of Pensunderground or any other Pensunderground Message Board user. Actual mileage may vary. Price does not include tax, title, and license. Some assembly required. Each sold separately. Batteries not included. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. If conditions persist, contact a physician. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Keep in a cool dark place. Any disclaimer issued by me is subject to change without notice.
0

#4 User is offline   billvill 

  • Bitch grind no work, brain hurts
  • Group: ADMINISTRATORS
  • Posts: 33,711
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:42.6017 N, 71.2207 W
  • Interests:Interesting stuff

Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:14 PM

Best trade CP ever made.
"Get to your game, boys"
"Coach, our game isn't working"
"Well, grind some bitches, then"

Posted Image

Man, that sixth one stung...

Posted Image
0

#5 User is offline   Dingo 

  • no dumb puppy
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 9,280
  • Joined: 13-February 09
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:North of Mars, South of Venus

Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:18 PM

Best.Deal.Evah!
Posted Image
0

#6 User is offline   Badger Bob 

  • What? Me Worry?
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 43,816
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Hood of the Burgh's Burbs
  • Interests:Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, Pitt FB, Pitt BB, PSU FB
    Sleeping

Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:40 PM

View Postbillvill, on 04 March 2011 - 01:14 PM, said:

Best trade CP ever made.



True, but Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and Wregget for Recchi wasn't too shabby either.
It's A Great Day for Hockey!!!

Stay out of my profile Goulet!!!
0

#7 User is offline   Robert Goulet 

  • Says it all.
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 13,095
  • Joined: 20-October 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Creeping in Anakin's profile.
  • Interests:Liking stuff.

Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:52 PM

The trade that brought Taglianetti and Larry Murphy to Pittsburgh was not too shabby either.
"I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."

Proud member of the Anti-Ballsma Club since 2010.

The thoughts expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of this board.
0

#8 User is offline   Badger Bob 

  • What? Me Worry?
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 43,816
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Hood of the Burgh's Burbs
  • Interests:Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, Pitt FB, Pitt BB, PSU FB
    Sleeping

Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:08 PM

Badger Bob would be 80 today!!!! :45:
It's A Great Day for Hockey!!!

Stay out of my profile Goulet!!!
0

#9 User is offline   Robert Goulet 

  • Says it all.
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 13,095
  • Joined: 20-October 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Creeping in Anakin's profile.
  • Interests:Liking stuff.

Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:14 PM

About 30 years younger than the poster that bares his name.
"I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."

Proud member of the Anti-Ballsma Club since 2010.

The thoughts expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of this board.
0

#10 User is offline   Badger Bob 

  • What? Me Worry?
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 43,816
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Hood of the Burgh's Burbs
  • Interests:Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, Pitt FB, Pitt BB, PSU FB
    Sleeping

Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:19 PM

View PostRobert Goulet, on 04 March 2011 - 02:14 PM, said:

About 30 years younger than the poster that bares his name.



Pretty much...... Oh wait......:huepfend_012:


:45:
It's A Great Day for Hockey!!!

Stay out of my profile Goulet!!!
0

#11 User is offline   Robert Goulet 

  • Says it all.
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 13,095
  • Joined: 20-October 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Creeping in Anakin's profile.
  • Interests:Liking stuff.

Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:19 PM

:45:
"I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."

Proud member of the Anti-Ballsma Club since 2010.

The thoughts expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of this board.
0

#12 User is offline   TDL 

  • The Dark Lord seeks world domination...and a nap
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 5,152
  • Joined: 19-February 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:My Own Little Reality

Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:31 PM

Posted Image

:45: :huepfend_012: :unsure: :squee: :wub:
Posted Image

BITE ME, ANAKIN!
0

#13 User is offline   Badger Bob 

  • What? Me Worry?
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 43,816
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Hood of the Burgh's Burbs
  • Interests:Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, Pitt FB, Pitt BB, PSU FB
    Sleeping

Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:38 PM

View PostTDL, on 04 March 2011 - 02:31 PM, said:

Posted Image

:45: :huepfend_012: :unsure: :squee: :wub:


"I love dee action!!"
It's A Great Day for Hockey!!!

Stay out of my profile Goulet!!!
0

#14 User is offline   Badger Bob 

  • What? Me Worry?
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 43,816
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Hood of the Burgh's Burbs
  • Interests:Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, Pitt FB, Pitt BB, PSU FB
    Sleeping

Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:35 PM

From Empty Netters:

Quote


-The University of Wisconsin will name the rink at the Kohl Center after former Penguins coach "Badger" Bob Johnson.




:TerribleTowel:
It's A Great Day for Hockey!!!

Stay out of my profile Goulet!!!
0

#15 User is offline   Robert Goulet 

  • Says it all.
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 13,095
  • Joined: 20-October 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Creeping in Anakin's profile.
  • Interests:Liking stuff.

Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:43 PM

It's gonna be called "Shut Up Arena?"
"I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."

Proud member of the Anti-Ballsma Club since 2010.

The thoughts expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of this board.
0

#16 User is offline   Badger Bob 

  • What? Me Worry?
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 43,816
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Hood of the Burgh's Burbs
  • Interests:Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, Pitt FB, Pitt BB, PSU FB
    Sleeping

Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:45 PM

View PostRobert Goulet, on 31 October 2012 - 05:43 PM, said:

It's gonna be called "Shut Up Arena?"


The Rink at Geriatric Place? :TerribleTowel:
It's A Great Day for Hockey!!!

Stay out of my profile Goulet!!!
0

#17 User is offline   billvill 

  • Bitch grind no work, brain hurts
  • Group: ADMINISTRATORS
  • Posts: 33,711
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:42.6017 N, 71.2207 W
  • Interests:Interesting stuff

Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:16 PM

:TerribleTowel:
"Get to your game, boys"
"Coach, our game isn't working"
"Well, grind some bitches, then"

Posted Image

Man, that sixth one stung...

Posted Image
0

#18 User is offline   Robert Goulet 

  • Says it all.
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • Group: Members
  • Posts: 13,095
  • Joined: 20-October 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Creeping in Anakin's profile.
  • Interests:Liking stuff.

Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

Today, back in 1991, Badger Bob Johnson lost his battle with brain cancer.

Tomorrow, in 1991, the Pens had a moving tribute to their late coach. Try to watch the tribute held at the Civic Arena without crying.

It's impossible, you can't.

Posted Image
"I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."

Proud member of the Anti-Ballsma Club since 2010.

The thoughts expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of this board.
0

#19 User is offline   Badger Bob 

  • What? Me Worry?
  • Group: GLOBAL MODERATORS
  • Posts: 43,816
  • Joined: 27-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Hood of the Burgh's Burbs
  • Interests:Penguins, Pirates, Steelers, Pitt FB, Pitt BB, PSU FB
    Sleeping

Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:57 PM



CP with the tears streaming down his cheek. :(
It's A Great Day for Hockey!!!

Stay out of my profile Goulet!!!
0

Share this topic:


Page 1 of 1
  • You cannot start a new topic
  • You cannot reply to this topic

1 User(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users