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12-18-2004, 02:00 PM
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ReWrite History

You can change one event that has affected hockey in one way or another. Pick your event and tell what happens if it had or hadn't occured.

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The stupid expansion of the NHL. NHL was good with 16 teams not freakin 30

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You can change one event that has affected hockey in one way or another. Pick your event and tell what happens if it had or hadn't occured.
Nordiques staying in Quebec and winning the Stanley cup. It would probably have helped the team to stay there for a few more years.

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The stupid expansion of the NHL. NHL was good with 16 teams not freakin 30
I would also change expansion but I would set it at around 20-22 teams.

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Larry Bertuzzi rules in favour of the Quebec Nordiques trading of Eric Lindros to the New York Rangers and not the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers, led by Mike Ricci and Peter Forsberg and backed by the goaltending of free agent signee Curtis Joseph win the Stanley cup in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

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Todd Bertuzzi is only suspended for the duration of the regular season. Vancouver defeats the Calgary Flames in 5 games thanks to Bertuzzi's presence and goes on to win the Stanley Cup.

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Nathan Lafyette does not hit the post. Trevor Linden scores in OT, Canucks win!

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This damn lockout!

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Nathan Lafyette does not hit the post. Trevor Linden scores in OT, Canucks win!

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Instead of turning the puck over to Yzerman, Gretzky leads the rush and the Blues beat the Wings in game 7 of the 96 playoffs. Fueled by thier victory over the Red Wings the Blues go on to beat the Avelanche and Panthers to win thier first cup.

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Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Matsukanov never get in a limousine on that fateful night in the summer of 1997.

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Mario Lemieux never has back problems or cancer and goes on to become the greatest player ever.
Also: Bob Goodenow never becomes president of the NHLPA

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As a Bruins fan:

Ulf Samuelsson is TKO'd by a Chris Nilan roundhouse early in game 3 of the conference final in 1991. With Ulf gone, Neely escapes Ulf's cheapshots that would come later in that game and continues his torrid goalscoring pace as the Bruins-- who were actually already up 2 games to none in the series--win 2 of the next three to go to the final. Then the Bruins beat a fiesty but tired North Stars team in 7 games for the 1991 cup. Neely, then 25 years old, goes on to score several hundred more goals over the next decade, securing his place in the HHOF. The Bruins would come close again a few times in the 90's but both Bourque and Neely would retire as Bruins in the early 2000's.

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Todd Bertuzzi is only suspended for the duration of the regular season. Calgary defeats the Vancouver Canucks in 5 games thanks to Bertuzzi's presence and goes on to win the Stanley Cup.

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The St. Louis Blues do not trade Geoff Courtnall, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning and Robert Dirk for Garth Butcher and Dan Quinn; Thus advancing past the Minnsota North Stars and facing the Oilers in the Western Conference Finals.

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Besides Lemieux's health...

Howard Baldwin buying the Penguins. We went from the second highest payroll in the league to bankruptcy court faster than you could say lawsuit.

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The Oilers keep Gretzky and go on to win 5 more cups.

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Or the deal falls through and Gretz goes to Winnipeg, saving the franchise from relocation.

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The Montreal Canadiens draft Hossa instead of Ward and the
Zednik - Koivu - Hossa line leads the canadiens to 5 Stanley Cups

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USSR beats USA in 1980, America loses the will to compete, re-elects Jimmy Carter, and is eventually taken over by Mexico.

...ut seriously, I agree with the Neely/Ulf one, and here's another

The Bruins' bench stays focused and only 5 men are on the ice in the later stages of Game 7 of the 1979 Wales Conference Final, Don Marcotte scores an Empty Net Goal to seal it, the Bruins go on to win the Cup and end the Montreal dynasty. The Habs then get so frustrated over losing and having Dryden retire that they actually convince the Soviet Union to let Tretiak go. He does well(but never wins a cup), and the Canadiens decide not to draft some goalie named Roy a few years later, who slips to the Bruins, who go on to win more Stanley Cups with a healthy Cam Neely!

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Habs never hire Rejean Houle as general manager, I get those years of lost sleep back.

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Nathan Lafyette does not hit the post. Trevor Linden scores in OT, Canucks win!
I figured someone would post this before me. But yeah, that's mine.

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The NHL/WHA merger goes through on the first attempt with 5 teams joining the NHL (Houston). Gretzky doesn't sign as an underage player and is taken with the first pick in the 1980 entry draft by the Atlanta Flames, who go on to win 6 Cups in the decade.

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The WHA doesn't get off the ground and Gretzkey enters the draft in 1980 (that would be the 1st year he would be eligible) and is selected 1st overall by the Habs.

A pipe dream but what could have been....

Mind you, the Habs may have ended up not giving Gretzkey much playing time ( a la Doug Wickenheiser) and he doesn't develop but that would be for a whole different thread.

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