Welcome to the 1998-1999 season!
The 1996-1997 season was one heck of a strange year for Rick Tabaracci! Here's some background:
- Arbitraition! (summer 96)
- Tabby's one caring cat - Rick Bell column on Tabby right after the arbitraition settlement, talks a lot about Tabby's charity work.
- Then came the waiver draft! (Fall 96)
- Where Tabby was left unprotected and *not* claimed!
- Then the trade to Tampa! (Nov 19, 1996)
- He had a couple of potential head to heads with Trevor Kidd, his old teammate (Mar 9, 1997 and Mar 21, 1997)
- Tampa just missed the playoffs, and with the return of Daren Puppa, Tabby decides to move on (Spring 97)
- And in the meantime joins the World Championship team in Sweden, and helps win the gold! (Spring 97)
- Then on draft day, gets the trade he asked for -- and back to Calgary! (Jun 21, 1997)
- And to complete the circle, the Flames ship Kidd to Carolina, giving Tabby the #1 spot! (Aug 24??,1997)
- Tabaracci to mind net - an interesting analysis of the Chicago Blackhawks approach to Tabaracci in net during the 1996 playoffs
- Tabaracci gets the call - Calgary Herald article for Game 4 of the 1996 playoffs. Some interesting foreshadowing to the coming season
- Rick Tabaracci has joined TSN - Tabby joined Canada's premier sports channel (ok, after the CBC ;-) after the Flames' first round exit
During the 1996 playoffs, the Calgary Sun asked the Flames goalies to each write a column per game day, talking about their role in the playoffs. It was a great insight to what goes on close to the team during this time! Check out Tabby's columns!
April 16, 1996
April 18, 1996
April 21, 1996
April 23, 1996
**Other fun tales**
Tabby the Goon???
Tabby, Tie junior fight partners
Tabby's touchdown plunge
Masked Marauder - Tabby getting feisty? Nah... and just about scoring a goal too!
Cold reality in Winnipeg - A great George Johnson piece about the Flames last game in Winnipeg, including memories from the Flames who grew up there and played there.
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