There are moments on the ice and in the boardroom that have tremendous impact on the future. After a while, our mind settles with the result and the memory of that moment fades into the distance. We are left with Zdeno Chara in Boston, Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh, Patrick Kane in Chicago and many more transactions that could have changed based on luck and timing.
Those events shaped Stanley Cup winners, sent all-time scorers to other leagues for years—and impacted their ranking on some of the most prestigious offensive lists in the game—and yet the memories of specific points in time fade away.
What if things happened differently? How would the hockey world look? Here are the 10 biggest "what-ifs" in the NHL from the past decade.