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 Posted: Thu Jul 19th, 2018 03:54 pm
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During the pre-salary cap NHL, Red Wings GM Ken Holland would go on splurges.

Not sure of the years, but Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, Marian Hossa and many others were picked up to varying degrees of team success. Not sure if Dominic Hasek was a free agent pick up or an off-season trade, but he was great until Osgood supplanted him as the top-dog in the nets.

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Before winning the Super Bowl in 1976, the Raiders grabbed both Ted Hendricks and John Matuszak. What is ridiculous is that neither of them were even 28 years old yet and in the days of no free agency there should have been no way that the Raiders could get two guys that totally reshaped an aging defense - even considering that both of them were major problems for their prior teams.



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John Matuszak was the #1 overall pick in the 1973 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers from Tampa which discontinued football not long afterwards. Before his second season, he tried to jump to the WFL with the Houston Texans and played one series of a single game before the Oilers had him benched by a court order over breach of contract. He returned to the NFL and was traded to the Chiefs for the 1974 season, playing there in 1975 too. He went to camp with the Chiefs in 1976, but was in hot water over getting arrested for marijuana possession and then an incident in practice during which he had convulsions, leading to a diagnosis of what was called "low blood sugar", but which to me seems like a cover story to the media to hide an OD of some sort. The Chiefs wound up trading him to the Redskins for two draft picks. However, Tooz didn't make the regular season in Washington. He wound up getting cut after less than two weeks.

Teams only carried 43 guys back then and the Redskins had made the playoffs in 4 of the previous 5 seasons, missing out on the other season via a tiebreaker when they'd qualify now in the larger playoff picture. The team was stacked and Matuszak was not in shape or up enough on their plays. They tried to trade him and found no takers, but hoped he'd be available still after week 6 when they could bring him back per the rules of the era. George Allen went out of his way to state that the guy had been a model citizen in his short time there. He wound up with the Raiders as a free agent in short order.

In the case of Ted Hendricks, the NFL had a form of free agency at the time that resulted from players bound by the option clause to a team playing out their option year in 1975 after not signing new deals after 1974. However, the NFL required a team that signed a player to give compensation to the player's former team. The NFL designated the compensation. As a result, very few players switched teams. This window to free agency wound up being slightly closed from around 1977 to the late 1980s when the evolution to the current system began. Hendricks signed with the Raiders and the Packers got a pair of first round draft picks from Hendricks' new team as a result.

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Jays traded for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter for Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff.

Worked out well as the Jays won 2 World Series with those guys leading the way.

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The Stillers traded for Jerome Bettis.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Jays traded for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter for Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff.

Worked out well as the Jays won 2 World Series with those guys leading the way.
To think this trade was  initially suppose to be Joe Carter for Fred McGriff.

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In '87, the Tigers traded then unknown John Smoltz to Atlanta for Doyle Alexander.

Alexander was great in getting us to the post-season, which fizzled out when we lost out to the Twins.

Smoltz....whatever happened to him??? LOL

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The Blue Jays trade 3 prospects including  Noah Syndergaard for Cy Young award 
winner Runs Allowed Dickey. 
The jays would have to win now & they didn't. Dickey was just a glorified innings eater
while the Jays fizzled.
 The Toronto media was downright giddy over the deal. I'd rather have Syndergaard.
He'll likely win the CY award one day.


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By no means am I a hockey fan, but another Big Acquisition I recall was the newly-arrived Colorado Avalanche getting Patrick Roy in December 1995. Worked out very well, as they went on to win the Stanley Cup that season (and basically told the city that the franchise was legitimate and we should buy tickets and other stuff).

Another big local deal was when Allen Iverson joined the Nuggets in December 2006. I don't know if NBA fans in the "real world" thought it was a big deal, but there was a lot of hype, locally, that this would get the Nuggets to the Finals. Didn't work and he was gone within 2 years.

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The Los Angeles Kings aquiring the great one. My dad, a person who didn’t give a shit about sports even knew it was a big deal.



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The Dodgers getting Gibson was fucking huge



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The Minnesota North Stars had a great 1982-83 regular season, getting 96 points which was 6th in the NHL. They got eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs and then traded up to get the #1 overall pick in the 1983 entry draft. They picked center Brian Lawton who had an okay career, but nothing remotely close to what is expected from a player picked that high. The players picked after him were #2 Sylvain Turgeon, #3 Pat Lafontaine, #4 Steve Yzerman, #5 Tom Barrasso, #6 John MacLean, and #7 Russ Courtnall. The guy at #8 didn't pan out, but the #9 pick was Cam Neely. All of those guys made an All Star Game, made All NHL or made the Hockey HOF, made two of those three honors or made all three of the honors. Had the North Stars drafted better in combination with making some other decisions differently, perhaps the late 1980s dark age that set them up to be sold and eventually moved to Dallas wouldn't have happened. I got disconnected from the NHL after the North Stars left, have never warmed up to the Wild to any great degree, and wish the North Stars were still here.

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The north stars had one of the best logos of all time



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Its amazing that a hockey-hotbed city like Minnesota hasn't won a thing ever. 

Even the WHA team (Minnesota Fighting Saints) was nothing to remember

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lobo316 wrote: The Blue Jays trade 3 prospects including  Noah Syndergaard for Cy Young award 
winner Runs Allowed Dickey. 
The jays would have to win now & they didn't. Dickey was just a glorified innings eater
while the Jays fizzled.
 The Toronto media was downright giddy over the deal. I'd rather have Syndergaard.
He'll likely win the CY award one day.


By Toronto media you must be referring to Mike Wilner. The biggest Blue jay homer of them all.

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