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The Flyers paid too much to get Eric Lindros.
On June 20, 1992, the Philadelphia Flyers made the worst trade in their history. They sent six players, two first-round draft picks and $15 million to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for Eric Lindros.
By 1996, the Nordiques had moved to Denver and become the Colorado Avalanche. They won the Stanley Cup that year due in large part to the players sent to them by the Flyers. The haul included future Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg, Mike Ricci, Steve Duchesne, goalie Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman and enforcer Chris Simon.
The two first-round picks became goalie Jocelyn Thibault and Nolan Baumgartner. Thibault lasted 14 seasons in the NHL. Baumgartner was an AHL All-Star, but he only played 143 career NHL games.
But Forsberg, Ricci, Duchesne, Hextall, Simon and Ricci was simply too steep a price to play for Lindros.
Lindros was a dominant player for a few years before injuries cut short his career. He did help the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1997, won the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in 1995 and had four seasons of at least 40 goals.
But Forsberg won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Avalanche and also won a Hart Trophy in 2003 when he led the league in points.
Ricci won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996 and went on to play 1,099 career NHL games. He became a quality faceoff man and checking center who also topped 20 goals in a season six times.
Duchesne played in three NHL All-Star Games and won a Stanley Cup in 2002 with the Detroit Red Wings.
Simon became one of the league's most feared enforcers and once scored 29 goals in a season. Twice he played on teams that reached the Stanley Cup Final.
While Lindros was arguably the league's best player for a brief time, the price the Flyers paid to get him was simply too high. When you add the injury factor, the deal looks even worse for Philadelphia.
In the end, the Avalanche won a Stanley Cup and turned their franchise around as a result of this trade. The Flyers never won a title after acquiring Lindros.