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12-03-2012, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jkrx View Post
At the same time, this is a different era where players leaving teams is much more acceptable. But I agree, Fedorov was a bit of ******* in the way he handled things. Just, let us not pretend that leaving as an UFA now is the same thing as leaving a team in the O6 era.

Actually, my grandson went through some old magazines he had and showed me an article about the Roenick trade. Bobby Hull made a big point about how players were loyal to their teams back then while now its all about the money.
From what I understand, Kelly did not choose to leave the Red Wings. He was blackballed off the team for what even at that time was a ridiculously petty reason.

Kelly's only contribution was to assert himself and change his destination from New York to Toronto. I don't hold that against him at all, though I might have a different perspective if I were a Rangers fan back then.

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