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Quebec Nordiques REJECTED 5 BLOCKBUSTER trades for Eric Lindros

Published April 7, 2023 at 10:58
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When Eric Lindros was selected in the draft, he was touted as the NHL's next big superstar. Upon his debut, he brought an unprecedented blend of size and skill to the league, making him a dominant player. Unfortunately, the team that drafted him did not benefit from his dominance.

During his draft season, Lindros had informed the Quebec Nordiques that he would not play for them if they chose him with the first overall pick. However, they chose him regardless, leading to a standoff. After a year, the Nordiques grew tired of the holdout and opted to trade him. Looking back now, the five deals they had on the table for him look absolutely absurd today.

NEW YORK RANGERS:
Alex Kovalev
Tony Amonte
Sergei Nemchinov
James Patrick
John Vanbiesbrouck or Mike Richter
(multiple first round picks)
$20 million

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Ed Belfour
Steve Larmer
Steve Smith
(a 2 for 3 swap of undisclosed draft picks)


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Felix Potvin
Wendel Clark
Dave Ellett
Craig Berube
(multiple first round picks)
$15 million

CALGARY FLAMES:
Mike Vernon
The choice of Al McInnis or Gary Suter
The choice of Joe Nieuwendyk or Robert Reichel

DETROIT RED WINGS
Sergei Federov
Nicklas Lidstrom
Steve Chiasson
Martin Lapointe
Tim Cheveldae
(undisclosed draft picks)

Credit: Hockeyfeed
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