Montreal Canadiens Good Friday Massacre. The playoff loss proved to be the Nordiques’ swan song in the NHL as the team’s financial troubles increasingly took centre stage, even in the face of renewed fan support over the previous three years. The Nordiques president publicly announced that they would make Lindros the centrepiece of their franchise turnaround, and refused to trade Lindros, saying that he would not have a career in the NHL as long as he held out. We had their number all season. As mentioned earlier, the NHL is a business, where owners and shareholders are favored over the needs of the fans. Head scout Maurice Filion replaced him, and he coached the team to a dismal record in their inaugural season.

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Quebec Nordiques – Wikipedia

Nlrdiques was a freak of nature whose size belied his offensive talent. Luckily for the Flyers, the trade worked out just fine as Lindros had a stellar career playing for the orange and black, although he never won a Stanley Cup. It is not to be confused with San Jose Sharks. Arbitrator upholds Philadelphia’s trade, rather than the New York Rangers’ deal”.

Nordique ownership began to prepare for the worst. One game we beat them 7—1 in Montreal. Records Award winners Retired numbers.

Despite the stellar play of young forward Joe Sakicthe Nordiques struggled throughout the late s and early s. Aside from their blue and white sweaters with the iconic red igloo logo in the middle, nobody knew what the Nordiques would actually look like in their first season in the WHA in Tremblaywho led the WHA in assists in the league’s first season and would be named a league All-Star for his first four years in Quebec.


The Canadiens on the other hand, while not quite the powerhouse it was in the 70s, were ready to make a Cup run of their own. They would also win their division every year in their first eight years in Denver for a total of nine consecutive division titles, the second-most in the expansion era. Instead, they became the Colorado Avalanche, and in a cruel twist of fate, that team, with all the Nordiques players, after years of heartbreak and agony in Quebec, won the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season.

In the lockout-shortened season, the Nordiques finished first in the Eastern Conference.

Led by Goulet and Peter Stastny, the Nordiques made the playoffs seven years in a row. Badaboum was created just for Nordiqies, but generated such a following that the Nordiques made him a permanent fixture at home games. Atlantic Division Boston Bruins. As the years went on and the decade changed, the Quebec Nordiques tumbled around the bottom of the NHL. Pacific Division Anaheim Ducks. In —75 season, they finally made the playoffs with the help of the high-scoring Marc Tardif ; the year also saw the debut of Real Cloutierwho would be one of the WHA’s stars.

Their brother, Marianwould follow and also sign with Quebec in the summer of The following year Quebec chose first again, taking Owen Nolan.


List of Quebec Nordiques head coaches – Wikipedia

In this particular case, the Canadiens and Nordiques represented more than just sports. In —85, Montreal and Quebec battled for the Adams Division championship. The Nordiques were involved in the following transactions during the —88 season.

In an unprecedented move at the time, Lindros held out from the Nordiques and the NHL, and the Nordiques had no choice but to trade him in what turned out to be one of the biggest and most influential trades in NHL history. Some of the Nordiques wanted to move on without Lindros, as Joe Sakic commented “We only want players here who have the passion to play the game.

That was our big moment, I suppose. The Habs scored five unanswered goals in the third period of Game 6 at the Montreal Forum to eliminate the Nordiques. From a purely NHL standpoint, these teams were two of the best in the league at the time. A message had to be sent.

Is this what you do every game? Ricci would give six useful seasons to the franchise before being traded. The Habs may have been bruised, but they were moving on while the Nordiques had to clean out their lockers.

List of Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche general managers

We had their number all season. Louis Kevin Cheveldayoff Winnipeg. Savard ended his twelve-year playing career by playing his last two seasons with Quebec from —