Early 90's - Habs could have had Hawerchuk, LaFontaine & Gartner
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11-28-2010, 12:16 PM
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Wouldn't have setup much of a dynasty, really. The biggest reason for the decline of the '90's clubs was losing Roy and the league's economics. Otherwise they had a pretty good lineup in the mid '90's: Turgeon, Recchi, Damphousse, Koivu, etc... even in the late 90's Recchi, Corson, Koivu were a dynamite line (before being crippled by injuries and trades) along w. Vinny.
If you look at performance after 92-93 Cup, Turgeon was better than Lafointaine. Hawerchuk would have contributed more than Savard, but he still declined big time in a couple of years. Gartner wouldn't have done all that much, it may have prevented the Recchi trade, maybe not.
The one non-trade involving Savard that might have actually saved the franchise from the disastrous late '90's was what he was finalizing before being fired. Owen Nolan and Stephane Fiset for Patrick Roy. Yes, terrible to see Roy go, but Nolan alone would have been a huge help to the club, tremendously better than Rucinsky/Kovalenko/Thibault. He would have replaced LeClair, anyway.
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