During the 1987 season, Andy was tired of playing second banana to Grant Fuhr who was the perennial number 1 goaltender and demanded a trade. By mid season of ‘87 the tensions between Moog and Oiler GM Glen Sather reached its breaking point and culminated with Moog walking out on the Oilers and joining Team Canada at Calgary Winter Olympics.
Glen Sather reached out to the Pens brass and offered Moog for up and coming goalie Steve Guenette and a first round pick.
The Penguins selected Darrin Shannon 4th overall with that pick that year.
Darrin never suited up for the Penguins, but he still played an important role in Penguins lore.
Shannon was involved in the deal that brought future Penguins legend Tom Barrasso to the ‘Burgh. The deal saw Shannon and Doug Bodger go to the Sabres in exchange for Tom Barrasso and a third round pick in the 1989 draft. The Penguins selected left winger Joe Dziedzic 61st overall.
So, in the end we can say the deal that never was worked out fairly well for the Pens.
Barrasso is Pittsburgh royalty and Shannon went on to play 10 seasons and 506 games in the NHL for the Sabres, Jets, and Coyotes collecting 250 points during that time.
Barrasso is my fourth favorite goalie behind Wregget, Aubin, and Lalime, but I cannot help but wonder how the Penguin landscape may have been altered forever if the deal with Edmonton was completed and Moog suited for the black and yellow.
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