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03-01-2013, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
The Lightning had an underachieving high-talent player signed to a high salary for the next 10 years or so. The Habs wanted him. The rumoured trade was Lecavalier for Subban, Plekanec, Gorges, Higgins and three 1st rounders (I think 2009, 2011, and 2013). The trade discussions were so advanced that we all heard about it. One possibility is that the Lightning said no because they wanted more, in which case they are idiots. Another possibility is that Gainey said no, but barely, in which case the Lightning management are idiots for not halving their demands. In hindsight, Plekanec alone or Subban alone would be worth Lecavalier. If Lightning management had done that trade or close to it, they would be dominating the Eastern Conference.

That's way off. It was more along the lines of Plekanec, Gorges, Higgins and the Habs 1st at the 2009 Draft. It would have gone through but the messy Lightning ownership duo (49% and 51%) + Gary Bettman insured that it didn't on draft weekend. There was talk that Subban was a holding point during the season. But definitely not all of those things.

Had it happened, the Habs don't trade Higgins and McDonagh for Gomez. When it didn't happen, Gainey panicked and made a move for a centre. Anyways, good post other than that.

So you end up with Lecavalier and McDonagh. Anyways, don't mean to hijack the thread. But Subban plus 3 firsts is crazy talk.

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