Where would Montreal have been in the late 80's/90's had it been acceptable to trade Lafleur in 83 or 84 when he wanted out? No doubt the Habs would have received a high draft pick or picks. Would they have gotten that game breaker they needed in 89 to win the Cup?
Unlikely, considering the 1985 draft was absolutely terrible. Where was Joe Nieuwendyk ranked? I think they'd win in 89 on the basis that they add AND that CGY substracts.