Quick Fact of the Day

Eric LindrosRecently, the Florida Panthers came out and stated that the Bertuzzi-Luongo trade was the worst deal in franchise history. No kidding, but what was the worst trade in NHL history?

How about one that included the ‘next’ great hockey player? The Quebec Nordiques traded away first overall draft pick Eric Lindros to the Philadelphia Flyers. This deal was a big part in helping the later-known Colorado Avalanche capture two Stanley Cups.

Here’s what the Nordiques got in return for the under-achieving hyped forward: Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, a 1st round pick, which turned out to be Jocelyn Thibault in 1993, a 1st round selection, which was later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals, and it became Nolan Baumgartner, in 1994, and also $15,000,000.

Yes, all that for Eric Lindros.

If that wasn’t enough, an earlier deal between Quebec and the New York Rangers was rejected by an arbitrator. Lucky for NY because they would have been ripped off. Here was their offer: Doug Weight, Tony Amonte, Alexei Kovalev, John Vanbiesbrouck and three first round draft picks in 1993, 1994 and 1995 for Lindros.

Oh how we laugh now.

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2 Responses

  1. You can laugh now because you can look at his career in hindsight. Peter Forsberg turned out to be the biggest player in the deal, but you conveniently forgot to mention that Foppa was considering career options outside of the NHL at the time he was drafted…it wasn’t a certainty that he was coming over here, which made the decison easier for the Flyers. Secondly, despite his lack of playoff success, Lindros was well over a point-per-game player up to the concussions (which nobody could predict at the time). He carried the Flyers to the playoffs each year DESPITE lack of goaltending, defense and scoring depth. Lastly, he energized Philadelphia’s fan base, and he’s a large part of the reason Philly has been a top-5 market team for the past 14 years.

    It’s fine to have an opinion, but it’s better to have an informed opinion. Despite the lack of post-season ultimate success, the trade was good for the organization. But Bertuzzi (on the back end of his career) for Luongo (one of the most dominant goaltenders in the league) was without a doubt one of the worst trades in history. At least the Flyers traded for someone who had a future. Bertuzzi?! Not so much.

  2. But that’s the point. When you look at it now, it was a lopsided deal. Look how many times Lindros won the Cup compared to the other players in the trade. Maybe it had to do with how the teams handled the players, as in Quebec/Colorado’s case with Forsberg and later converted Thibault in a package to get Patrick Roy. Sure, Lindros might have revived hockey in Philadelphia but it didn’t transform into a championship. The concussions where unfortunate, to say the least, but injury has always been a part of the game, the timing just wasn’t that good. Flyers gave up too much for Lindros, and maybe that is a reason for the lack of depth and contribution by the other players on the team. The Flyers fell in the hype of Lindros and when we look back at it now, I think people would rather have what they gave up instead. Maybe back then it was even, but you judge trades from the years after. And that’s exactly why this is a poor trade on the Flyer’s part.

    If you compare that to the Bertuzzi-Luongo deal, that’s the big problem. Florida messed up with Todd by giving up on him and trading him to Detroit for basically nothing. It’s not just the trade alone but how they handle the players after. When we look at this a few years later, it might even be worse then what we know now, especially if Luongo leads Vancouver to a cup. It’s not just current success but also future success, and I think the Nordiques/Avalanche won on both aspects.

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