Have Teams Ever Traded Whole Lines
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03-06-2013, 11:29 PM
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i can think of two trades where a team traded for the equivalent of an entire line, but never for an entire line coming back, and in both cases, those weren't lines that played together regularly.
in 1989, detroit trades adam graves (W), joe murphy (C), and petr klima (W), plus minor leaguer jeff sharples to emonton for jimmy carson and kevin mclelland. graves and murphy would line up with rookie martin gelinas to form the "kid line," which provided valuable scoring depth to help them edmonton win its last cup.
in 1991, st. louis trades geoff courtnall (W), cliff ronning (C), and sergio momesso (W) to vancouver for garth butcher and dan quinn. courtnall and ronning would line up with trevor linden to form the "life line," which was vancouver's go-to playoff line for the next three years, resulting in the team's first two playoff series wins since '82. in the '94 run to the finals, courtnall often played with linden and nathan lafayette, while ronning and momesso usually played on the third line with... marty gelinas.
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