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07-18-2013, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by GWOW View Post
In fact, there were rumors in 1992-93 that Richter and Zubov were being offered for Bourque when he had his contract issue with Sinden.
Not to hijack the thread but here's a Richter rumor you can choose to believe or not. Back in 2000, I had heard from someone who I had every reason to believe would know, that Richter was almost moved in a deal with Theo Fleury and Mike York to the Coyotes for Keith Tkachuk and Khabibulin. The deal supposedly fell apart when Fluery's substance abuse issues came to light and he went into a rehab facility after the 99-00 season.

Khabibulin was in a contract dispute with the Yotes and played the entire 99-00 season for the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL (where he won league MVP). After that season he was traded...but to TB where he won the Cup a few years later, playing a bigger role than I think he's given credit for. He had 5 shutouts in that Cup run and had 3 shutouts in one series, which is still pretty damn impressive. Prior to his holdout season, The Bulin Wall had been an All Star two years in a row and had very good playoff stats (he led goalies in playoff Save % in 1997).

Fleury was in his first season with the Rangers on a big free agent contract and had disappointed with only 15 goals that season. When the Rangers found out about his off-ice issues is anyone's guess.

The Ranger had really become a team of mercenaries in the 99-00 season bringing in Fleury, Val Kamensky, Rich "Pylon" Pilon, Stephane "I'm Homesick" Quintal, Alexandre Daigle, Tim Taylor, the player known at one time as "the best hockey player not playing in the NHL" Jan Hlavac and Kirk McLean and that followed the acquisitions of John MacLean, Kevin "Molly" Hatcher and Matt Schneider the season before.

Talk about a rudderless team.

Oh yeah, and it was all Torts' fault as he was brought in as an assistant coach that season

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