What If? Eric Lindros had stayed in Quebec
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10-27-2012, 01:16 PM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: LA via Montreal
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Lindros wins at least one Cup. Probably more. He also is a lock for the HHOF. Maybe he's in there by now instead of being on the fence and having this polarizing way about him that keeps him out. Without dodging Quebec I get the feeling that no one remembers him as a whiny teenager who didn't want to play hockey in Sault Ste. Marie when he was 16. If he becomes a champion in Quebec he is probably much more loved in Canada than today.
Think about it this way, a championship has a way of making people forgive you. Eli Manning pretty much pulled the same thing Lindros did in 2003 not wanting to play for the Chargers. Two Super Bowls later he is a lock for the Hall of Fame in Canton and he is only half way through his career.
Lindros would have gotten that same love regardless of his personality. You could always say he was a winner. But he can't now and instead went to the mess that was Philly and everyone knows Philly usually finds a way to talk themselves OUT of a championship.
Say what you want, but a Sakic-Lindros-Sundin combo is deadly. That is pretty much unstoppable. All three of them aren't going to be in a slump at the same time and if they are you just mix up the lines because you have that luxury.
Avs wouldn't have had the cash to keep them together early on. And Sundin was not the player he became later. Someone had to go. Also, they needed D.
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