nameci Posted September 27, 2021 Share Posted September 27, 2021 Thirty years ago the Quebec Nordiques drafted Eric Lindros first overall in the Entry Draft knowing that Lindros had no intention of playing for the team. In the end the Nordiques agreed upon a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers which sent Lindros to Philly for a package that included Peter Forsberg, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Ron Hextall, two first round picks and $15 million. I had always wondered if there were other packages in play which were of comparable value and according to the most recent Hockey News Draft Preview there were. In the midst of negotations with Detroit, Quebec demanded a package of Sergei Fedorov, Nick Lidstrom, Steve Chiasson, Martin Lapointe, Tim Cheveldae and draft picks. Detroit nixed the deal fairly quickly. Calgary made a pitch for Lindros offering a package of Mike Vernon, a choice of Al MacInnis or Gary Suter and a choice of Joe Nieuwendyk or Robert Reichel. but this wasn't sufficient for the Nordiques. Toronto's offer was a package of Felix Potvin, Wendel Clark, Dave Ellett, Craig Berube, multiple draft picks and $15 million. The Nordiques insisted on the inclusion of Doug Gilmour and the Leafs declined, ending the discussions. The New Jersey Devils offered a strong package of Sean Burke, Stephane Richer, Claude Lemieux, prospect Scott Niederrmayer, cash and picks, but discussions went nowhere. In the closest deal that never was the Black Hawks told the Nordiques to put together any package of players that didn't include Jeremy Roenick. The Nordiques agreed and settled on a package where the Nordiques would receive Ed Belfour, Steve Larmer, Steve Smith and two draft picks for Lindros and three Nordique draft picks. When the Nordiques asked for $5 million in cash as part of the trade, Hawks owner Bill Wirtz put the kibosh on the deal. In negotiations with the New York Rangers, Quebec was offered Alexei Kovalev, Tony Amonte, Sergei Nemchinov, James Patrick, a choice of John Vanbiesbrouck or Mike Richards, multiple first round picks and $20 million dollars. The Nordiques notoriously agreed to a trade with the Rangers minutes after agreeing to the Flyers deal, leading to an arbitration settlement which determined that Lindros would be the property of the Flyers. Lots of big names in play and it is amazing to try and determine the long term effects on both clubs had the Nordiques chosen to deal with one of the other clubs who had made substantial offers for Eric Lindros. Hope you old timers enjoyed this walk down memory lane and thinking what might have been, if only............... 1 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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