Philly was more patient, and they were rewarded for that. Another fleecing of the B's happened when they got Rick MacLeish (who had been a 4th overall pick in 1970, I think?) in a three-way deal with Toronto, which netted Mike "Shaky" Walton to the Bruins. Walton was acquired primarily because he was FOBO (Friend Of Bobby Orr - actually a business partner in their hockey school), and he was a decent if inconsistent NHL player. MacLeish, of course, would go on to become a 50 goal scorer, and got the ultimate revenge in scoring the only goal in the 1-0 1974 SCF Game Six finale. Parent got the Conn Smythe with a 30 save shutout, in what turned out to be Orr's last legitimate shot at another Cup.
I was a HUGE B's fan back then - I mean, who up here wasn't at the time - but I was probably an even bigger Bobby Orr fan, so when he was allowed to leave town (and not knowing the behind-the-scenes travesty that was Alan Eagleson until years later), that was the end for me and the B's. DRW were my "second team" since the Gordie Howe days, so I jumped on board with them, even with Howe & Sons playing in the WHA by then.
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I'm not sure how much an NHL franchise is worth these days, but 20% of an Original Six team has got to be at least knocking on the door of a nine-figure sum. Orr is hardly starving these days, and his work since that travesty has done much to ensure that no one falls into the same traps he fell into. But for a guy who was THE most transformative athlete in Boston sports history, to only exist on the fringes of the franchise he himself transformed from the outhouse to the penthouse two generations ago, still strikes me as kind of sad. That whole "Bib Bad Bruins" team, they were rock stars in their town, but when is the last time you ever saw the organization pull out all the stops to celebrate the likes of Orr, Esposito, Cheevers or even Sanderson??
There is a parallel with Gordie Howe, whom I believe Orr considered his hockey idol. The recent passing of former "Production Line" linemate Ted Lindsay saw the resurfacing of old stories about Lindsay's role in first trying (unsuccessfully) to unionize the NHL players in the late '50's. The Norris family who owned the dynastic Red Wings of the time would take advantage of Howe's financial naivete to set the ceiling for their salary structure, and use his modest salary to "cap" out the rest of the team under Howe. Lindsay figured this out, which got him traded out of Detroit, and in the end Howe resisted, convincing his teammates to scuttle the union effort. That frosted a great team, an historic line, and put their relationship on ice for several years. Howe eventually figured out he's been hosed, largely through wife Colleen's efforts, and he returned to play a couple years after he retired from DRW to cash in with his kids in Houston of the WHA.
One thing the Wings have over the B's is they've since laid out the red carpet to the royalty (and not-quite-royalty) among their alumni. By the time Mike Ilitch bought the Wings in the '80's they were the "Dead Wings" and no one cared, but he was a fan and spent like a fan, took chances with risky strategies (i.e. heavy recruitment in Europe before it was a "thing", and dicey activity behind the old Iron Curtain), and it all paid off in the end. And he went out of his way to bring back guys like Lindsay and Howe (amongst others) from the dynastic teams in the '50's (sadly, several like Terry Sawchuk had passed by then), who were regular visitors and attendees at DRW games in their later years. Lindsay was omnipresent up until his recent death.
But yeah, guys like Orr and Howe were the last vestiges of a time when sports agents and players unions were still new to the scene, and both paid a price at different times - in different ways - for getting caught out for their naivete. It's trite but true to say those were simpler times. It's a good thing players are no longer exploited like they were back in those days, but as a kid who grew up before the financial part of the games were so publicized, there are aspects of the old days - when all that really mattered as a fan was what happened on the ice, and everything else was just white noise - that I still miss. And it's one of the reasons why I've gravitated more and more to college hockey (and appreciate those "four year" players) as a result. JMHO.
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https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/439796519/What Bruins offered Orr: Here is a somewhat simplified rundown on the contract proposals offered to Bobby Orr by the Bruins owners during the past season, according to Orr's attorney. Alan Eagleson: ,' August $3.8 million for 10 years, with 18.6 percent of club ownership or payment of $P2n.000 on June 15, 1980. Late September or early October (after Sept. 21 knee operation) $2.4 million for five years, aeain with provision for 18.6 ownership or $925,000 payment. December (following Nov. 29 knee operation) $1.75 million for five years.
With Eagleson' fall from grace it is easy to paint him as the scapegoat for Orr's leaving Boston.
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Mr. Hockey asked Bobby Orr to write the forward to his autobiography, "Mr. Hockey, My Story" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, NY, 2014), which began as follows: "Many times over the years, I have been asked who I consider to be the greatest hockey player of all time. My answer has never changed -- it is Gordie Howe. And so, being asked to write a foreword for Gordie Howe's memoir is a great honor for me." On the back of the dust jacket appear some paragraphs by the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, with the last paragraph as follows: "You can never, ever replace Gordie Howe -- the greatest player ever, the best idol a young player could ever look up to, but most of all the nicest man I have ever met!"
On another subject....
How about those #1-seeded Lightning jumping out to a 3-0 lead in Game 1 of their playoff series vs. the lowly Blue Jackets! I mean, there’s no possible way anyone would see that as anything other than an unassailable advantage.... is there? Right? Am I crazy?
How about those #2 seeded Bruins not showing up?
Don't look now but that team that you know who thought UNH should get by in the QF's is playing for an NC tomorrow night!!
We've witnessed first hand the folly of that belief that history means anything.
I am so jealous of UMass Hockey right now. Not just their success but the way they play the game. They are so fast and so skilled, aggressively attacking at all times - from all four lines and from the back end to the front. That PP goal into a gaping net was vintage UNH PP from the late 90's. I'll say it again, they're everything UNH was (maybe more before the weekend is over) and everything UNH is capable of being again with the right leadership. I sure hope that this new regime works out at UNH - otherwise, I will always have a very difficult time separating the fact that UNH decided against a national search and for a three-year victory lap/coaching transition ONE YEAR PRIOR to UMass hiring Carvel...
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