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09-07-2011, 03:34 PM
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The Recchi deal that netted us DeJardins + LeClaire is what turned the Flyers into a perennial contender. The team wasn't especially good with just Lindros and Recchi before this. Icing on the cake is that we were subsequently able to bring Recchi back, but even without that this deal alone made the team and deserves to be on the "best" list.

The Lindros deal should be a candidate for worst, not best, as we give up huge assets for him - from Wikipedia:

"Many consider this trade a key reason that the Avalanche went on to be an NHL powerhouse. They received eventual Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, a 1st round selection (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993, a 1st round selection (later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals—Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994, and $15,000,000 cash."

To put that $15M in historical perspective, the highest paid players in the game made less than $3M year and even huge stars made 2M or less. On top of that we turned around and paid Lindros a league high 3.5M right off, much higher than Gretzky, Lemieux or anybody. This would probably be the equivalent of about $75M today just for the up front cash cost - an insane amount of money.

For those who don't remember Mike Ricci very well, he was a pretty fair player himself and still very young:

"Ricci was selected 4th overall by the Flyers in 1990. He had come off of three stellar seasons with Peterborough, and was dubbed a cannot-miss prospect. Ricci would have a career year in his first season with the Nordiques, scoring 78 points (a few more than Lindros that season). The next season, 1993–94, he would score a career-high 30 goals. In 1996, Ricci and Colorado would win a Stanley Cup following the franchises relocation from Quebec. On November 21, 1997 Ricci would begin a new endeavor with the Sharks.

Ricci quickly became an elite defensive centreman with San Jose, but he never was able to regain the offensive prowess of his earlier years. Ricci was an essential cog to San Jose's success, and was there when the team made its first trip to the Western Conference Final in 2004. San Jose fans admired Ricci for his gritty style of play and were saddened when he was let go.

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