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28 Days Until The Season Begins (as of Wednesday)

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Zach Laing
5 months ago
Throughout the summer and into the fall, we’ll be counting down the days until the Edmonton Oilers begin their 2023-24 season with a daily trip down memory lane.
As far as fan favourites, Craig Muni is right up there for Oilers fans.

An October 8, 1986 article in the Edmonton Journal details the Oilers acquiring Craig Muni.

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And for Muni, it’s his hard-nosed style of play on the Oilers blue line that endeared himself in the City of Champions. Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs 25th overall in 1980, Muni was a solid prospect with a good all-around skill set. He could move the puck effectively, but offence didn’t come his way in the NHL.
Muni struggled to break in with the Leafs and bounced between the NHL for brief stints, with much more of his time spent in the AHL with the St. Catharines Saints. He hit free agency, and opted to sign with the Edmonton Oilers.
“When we met with teams that summer, there were about six or eight organizations that were interested, but the only thing I wanted was a guarantee from them that I would play in at least half of the exhibition games,” Muni said of the market for him as a play. “Of all the teams we talked to, Glen Sather was the only one that said he would give me his word on a handshake that I would. Sure enough, I played in half the games and I made the team – I wasn’t slated to make the team but I did!”
When he inked in 1986, the NHL underwent an expansion draft and Muni was involved in one of the most adventures transactions the NHL had ever seen. On Oct. 2, the Oilers sold his rights to Buffalo, who a day later sold them to Pittsburgh. Then, three days after that, the Penguins sent him back to Edmonton to complete a Sept. 11, 1985 deal where the Oilers moved Gilles Meloche to Pittsburgh for Marty McSorley.
All this, mind you, because the Oilers had wanted to hold onto young winger Raimo Summanen.
Muni went on to be an important piece on the Oilers’ blueline helping win Stanley Cups in 1987, 1988 and 1990. His tenure in Edmonton lasted six and a half seasons, when on in March 1993, the Oilers traded him to Chicago for Mike Hudson.
All in all, Muni enjoyed the best years of his NHL career in Edmonton appearing in 493 NHL games scoring 24 goals and 111 points while tacking on 492 PIM.

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