Adam Jones

On The Fly: The Beginning Of The End Of The Whalers

Thursday will mark the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the end of the Hartford Whalers. Ron Francis, the face of the franchise and former captain, was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins with Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings for John Cullen, Zarley Zalapski and Jeff Parker on March 4, 1991. The trade was a disaster and the franchise never recovered. Fast forward to 2016 and Ronnie Franchise is the general manager of the team formerly known as the Whalers. And on Sunday, Francis pulled off his own version of a franchise-changing trade when he agreed to send 12-year veteran and captain Eric Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes to the...