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Best/Worst Trades and Playoffs OT goals
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08-21-2011, 06:43 PM
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The thing about McCrimmon was that he was a holdout. Two straight seasons, there were issues. Emotions got the better part of Clarke. No doubt. But McCrimmon's agent requested a trade entering the 1986-87 season and held out his client. Clarke made an offer to give McCrimmon close to the same money Mark Howe earned and the agent refused the offer; his client was under contract, too. That led to a suspension. McCrimmon missed almost the entire first month of the season. Clarke had an offer to trade McCrimmon straight up to Quebec for Randy Moller (now the Panthers' radio PxP guy). Finally, they agreed on a one-year pact. The following off-season was a near-repeat and Clarke made the decision to trade in late summer.
Holmgren decided to remove the "C" from Poulin and he regretted it. Ron Sutter, as Captain, paled in comparison to Poulin.
The gap between the Flyers and McCrimmon was a mere $25,000 -- Clarke made one offer and stuck with it, then lowered the offer as the acrimony between himself and Pinder grew.
Hextall was also a holdout at one point (ditto LeClair years later). Clarke was more flexible in those cases because 1) He valued those players more than he valued McCrimmon, 2) He had personal differences with McCrimmon and 3) He got along better with Mountain and Gross than he did with Pinder.
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