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09-18-2008, 09:41 AM
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For what it's worth, I've always felt that had the Quebec/NYR trade gone through, giving Lindros a couple of years tutelage under Messier, his career path would have been completely different. Even before the injuries, he never enjoyed Philly much, due to the huge amounts of pressure the administration and the fans put on him. Plus, it took several years for the Flyers to build enough of a competitive team around him to contend.

In NY, he'd have had a core of Messier, Graves, Leetch, Gartner, Richter, etc. to learn from and play with, and the pressure on him to be "the man" right away would have been eased.

Of course, he STILL might have gotten injured. Also, if you trade Weight, Amonte, Kovalev, Beezer and 3 firsts to Quebec, maybe they don't win in '94, since Weight became Tikkanen and Amonte became Matteau and Noonan - all key '94 pieces.

But a 1st line centered by Messier and a 2nd line centered by Lindros would have been killer, no?

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