Tell your alternative history of trades that changed the NHL?
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04-15-2013, 08:48 PM
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In response to your theory, you picked the two most famous what ifs that I could think of, but here goes with one of mine.
The Red Wings in 1991, frustrated with the direction that the club was going traded Stevie Yzerman to the New York Islanders for home town hero Pat Lafontaine and defensemen Jeff Norton.
Yzerman would go on to put up outstanding numbers with the Isles but the ring that he coveted would elude him as he would be surrounded by mediocre talent on a couple of teams before retiring fairly early with knee injuries.
Lafontaine would team with Federov and Primeau to lead the Wings to three Stanley cups during the decade under coach Bryan Murray. Norton would be a stabilizing force allowing youngsters Lidstrom and Konstantinov to develop at a gradual pace.
The Wings biggest rival in the West would be the St. Louis Blues who would bring back coach Scotty Bowman and win the cup in 1997 , lead by mid season acquisitions Pierre Turgeon and Larry Murphy. Murphy would team with Chris Pronger to form the tough one two punch that would lead Bowman to the cup.
Lafontaine would go on to retire as the most beloved Wing since Gordie Howe. Yzerman would finish his career with the Ottawa Senators, retiring early sick of the constant controversy from coach Mike Keenan telling the press that Yzerman was using his knee injuries to alibi his poor play. Bowman would leave the Blues after winning the cup and would return to Montreal, where he would lead the Habs to the cup finals in 2002, losing to the Wings in five games, before Bowman bowed out one final time.
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