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04-16-2013, 07:00 PM
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The California Seals are struggling at the gate and trying to reach the playoffs, are approached by Montreal General Manager Sam Pollock offering Ernie Hicke to help the Seals if they will swap picks. The Seals tell Sam to pound sand.
The Seals finish dead last, and with the first pick in the draft choose Marcel Dionne. The Red Wings at number two get Guy Lafleur.
Dionne goes on to win the Calder, taking the league and the Seals fans by storm. Lafluer, struggles to replace legendary Gordie Howe in the hearts and minds of cynical Wings fans.
The Seals, in a departure from penny pinching ways refuse to lose their best players when the WHA starts up. Instead, they build a solid fun team around Dionne, never winning a championship, but always competitive.
Lafluer, tired of the struggles signs with the Nordiques of the WHA after two years struggling with the Wings. In his second year in Quebec he explodes on the scene, he sets a WHA/NHL record with 122 goals.
Don Cherry and his big bad Bruins roll over the Canadiens two years in a row in the Stanley Cup finals, the Habs seeming to be missing one final piece. The Habs do manage one Stanley Cup during this time.
Lafluer, along with Swedish sensations Ulfie Nilsson and Anders Hedberg leave the WHA and sign together with the New York Rangers, who win back to back championships in 1979 and 1980.
The Seals under Dionne acquire new ownership who build the long sought after arena in San Francisco, renaming the team the Bay City Seals, one of the most dynamic draws in the league, constantly beating their in state rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, Marcel Dionne developing a well deserved reputation as a King killer.
Ernie Hicke retires a few years later, forgotten by all but the most knowledgeable fans.

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