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Oilers, Leafs almost swapped cities in 80s

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10-11-2009, 03:14 PM
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Oilers, Leafs almost swapped cities in 80s

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In the book "I'd Trade Him Again," Pocklington says Leafs owner Harold Ballard was having financial troubles and made the proposal in 1980.

Ballard also wanted Pocklington to pay him $50 million in cash.

Pocklington, who was vilified in Edmonton when he traded Wayne Gretzky in 1988, says he was all for the market swap, but Ballard backed out in the end.

"I was actually pretty excited," Pocklington says in the book, which hit store shelves last week. "I did the numbers. Christ, I would have made a fortune in Toronto."
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Insert standard skeptical response here. Ballard obviously can't confirm or deny, but seriously, that would seem more than a little unusual. I can't imagine how Pocklington could have come up with the cash necessary.

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yeah sure

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Leafs would have traded all their players for all the Oilers players?

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1981: Leafs and Oilers talked about trading cities

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL...slam!%20hockey

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In a new biography about the one-time Edmonton Oilers owner, "I'd Trade Him Again," Pocklington recalls a deal he almost made where the Leafs and Oilers would have swapped cities.

"Harold phoned me and said, 'Would you consider moving to Toronto with your team and I'll move to Edmonton with mine, and I'll need $50 million," Pocklington told The Canadian Press when reached Sunday at his Palm Desert, Calif., home.

"So I thought about it and said, 'Yes Harold, I'll go for that."'

The scheme called for the entire team to move to Toronto to play in Maple Leaf Gardens while the Leafs, in turn, would have found a home in Edmonton's new arena, which at that time was called the Coliseum.
And some thought that Pocklington's worst action was to trade Gretzky?

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expomick: War Room on Monday - the Oilers and Leafs were gonna swap wives back in the early 80's??? What team would you swap your team for? Strange.


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That is just such a strange idea.

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htmbigcountry: Just booked Peter Pocklington for an interview...look for it on October 27th on HTM...it should be interesting!


I have to imagine this topic may come up in that conversation.

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Pocklington was wise to jump at the chance.

That would have been the stupidest decision in the history of sports if Ballard swapped franchises. $50 million is equivalent to $113 million today.

the Leafs are valued at $448 million and the Oilers at $175 according to Forbes 2008 numbers. That'd be like the Flyers owner offering to swap with the Nashville owner.

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htmbigcountry: Just booked Peter Pocklington for an interview...look for it on October 27th on HTM...it should be interesting!


I have to imagine this topic may come up in that conversation.
http://www.xmhomeice.com/audio/09-10...lington%20.mp3

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