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Player Movement in the 90s

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03-07-2013, 05:41 PM
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Player Movement in the 90s

Looking back on the 1990-1996 era, it's pretty remarkable to look at how teams were so willing to just dump big time established star talent on a whim. Obviously the league expanded from 21 to 26 teams during this period, and the skyrocketing salary landscape of the league made it financially difficult for a lot of teams to hold onto their star players, but there must have been other reasons why GMs were so willing to roll the dice on blockbuster deals.

During this time, the following players were moved at least once:

Mark Messier
Bernie Nicholls
Adam Graves
Luc Robitaille
Paul Coffey
Ron Francis
Doug Gilmour
Chris Chelios
Denis Savard
Eric Lindros
Kirk Muller
Vincent Damphousse
Patrick Roy
Dave Andreychuk
Glenn Anderson
Grant Fuhr
Andy Moog
Wendel Clark
Mats Sundin
Stephane Richer
Mark Recchi
John Leclair
Eric Desjardins
Mathieu Schneider
Ron Hextall
Doug Weight
Tony Amonte
Chris Pronger
Brendan Shanahan
Alexander Mogilny
Pat Lafontaine
Teemu Selanne
Jeremy Roenick
Alexei Zhamnov
Steve Larmer
Al MacInnis
Gary Suter
Curtis Joseph
Pierre Turgeon
Adam Oates
Glen Wesley
Sean Burke
Bobby Holik
Mike Vernon
Joe Nieuwendyk
Dino Ciccarelli
Mike Gartner
Jari Kurri
Esa Tikkanen
Kevin Stevens
Rick Tocchet
Larry Murphy
Owen Nolan
Sandis Ozolinsh
Phil Housley
Dale Hawerchuk
Tomas Sandstrom
Shayne Corson
Pat Verbeek
Steve Thomas
Igor Larionov

GMs look like they were trading hockey cards back then, or it would be easy to replace whatever departed star easily. Would this quantity of quality moving even be possible over the course of a full decade today in a salary cap system?

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How many of them can we describe as Stars when they were traded?

And how many were "only" good players?

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03-08-2013, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by alko View Post
How many of them can we describe as Stars when they were traded?

And how many were "only" good players?
I guess the it can be broken down into a few categories.

The Edmonton, Calgary firesales involving Nieuwendyk, Gilmour, Messier, Anderson, Fuhr, MacInnis, Suter could be characterized mostly as stars dumped for rebuild packages. Less so Gilmour than the others. Francis for Cullen could probably be described as Hartford trying to get a young stud back. Mogilny to Vancouver was a firesale type move, as was Selanne to Anaheim. Tikkanen for Weight was a futures deal, so was Matteau and Noonan for Tony Amonte.

Then there were the battleship for battleship deals, Savard for Chelios, Turgeon for Lafontaine, Housley for Hawerchuk, maybe the Francis for Cullen deal could be described as battleship for future battleship. Sundin for Clark was definitely quality for quality, as was Oates for Janney, Coffey for Carson was probably intended as one, but obviously doesn't look so fair now. Same with Roenick for Zhamnov.

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I miss true hockey trades. . .

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