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August 12, 1987

The Bruins signed veteran goalie Reggie Lemelin, a free agent three months shy of his 33rd birthday, who had lost his starting job with the Calgary Flames.

And so began a long chain of events that a world-class psychic could never have foreseen. Be advised: this scribe is not responsible for any headaches inspired by the following synopsis.

Bruins GM Harry Sinden had been on the prowl for a goalie throughout that summer, first trying to pry Andy Moog away from the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers showed no interest. Sinden persisted, and on March 8, 1988, he took Moog from the Oilers in exchange for Bill Ranford and Geoff Courtnall.

Apparently, Ranford and B’s coach Terry O’Reilly didn’t get along.

NHL history may read a bit differently had Ranford and O’Reilly been buddies.

Moog initially shared the Bruins starting job with Lemelin, becoming the permanent starter in 1990. During the 1990 playoffs, Moog helped the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup finals appearance in three seasons.

Alas, Edmonton stopped the Bruins in each of those finals.

Ranford was Grant Fuhr’s backup in the 1988 finals. But in 1990, with Fuhr injured, he led the Oilers to the Cup. In the finals, the Bruins fell in five games and Ranford took home the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP.

Sinden may have done some serious brooding after that series.

Sinden brought Ranford back to Boston on Jan. 11, 1996, in exchange for Sean Brown, Mariusz Czerkawski and a first-round draft pick.  The Oilers used that pick to draft Matthieu Descoteaux.

On March 1, 1997, Ranford was part of a deal with Washington, along with Adam Oates and Rick Tocchet, for Jason Allison, Anson Carter and Jim Carey.

Lemelin retired on Dec. 29, 1993.  He never appeared in more than 41 games in a given season with the Bruins.

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