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LaFontaine would have been a Red Wing if Islanders didn't take him as third of the draft '83 when Yzerman went fourth overall.

It is true Yzerman was close to being traded in the early 90's. Serge Savard confirmed after he was done as GM that it was pending signature for Yzerman to join Canadiens in the early 90's.

Red Wings would have got Shayne Corson, Eric Desjardins and Brent Gilchrist in return. Per Savard, Habs were the ones pulling the deal.

It would have been noteworthy trade (much like Gilmour to Leafs) but unlikely it would have had league-wide impact.

One "trade" that would have changed the league was if the negotiations with Ballard and Pocklington had come to terms of Oilers and Maple Leafs swapping cities in the early 80's.

As crazy as it sounds, Pocklington confirmed this to be actually true in his book "I'd trade him again" and also in his interview with Toronto Star in 2009 (link).

Alternative history:

Maple Leafs were at the time usually finishing last in their division. They had very little success throughout the 80's.

It remains unknown if Edmonton fans would have adapted to seeing bad NHL team moving in and replacing what recently was a great WHA one.

If Oilers had at that time moved to Toronto, one thing is sure: city's last Stanley Cup wouldn't date back to 1967.

Also, Jets or Nordiques fans would be nothing compared to the ones waiting for Maple Leafs to return to the city they belong.

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