The Eric Lindros trade carries a magnitude which few deals in the history of the NHL exceed.
Labeled by many as "The Next One" prior to being drafted first overall in the 1991 draft, Lindros was expected to develop into an NHL legend.
Lindros refused to play for the Quebec Nordiques and sat out an entire season before a trade was worked out.
The price for no. 88 was ridiculous and affected the two franchises heavily for the next ten years.
Quebec received former Vezina winner Ron Hextall, young 50-point scorers Steve Duchense and Mike Ricci, point-producing enforcer Chris Simon, Kerry Huffman, two 1st round draft picks, $15 million, and recently-drafted Peter Forsberg.
Before considering the other seven players and the lump of cash, compare the cornerstones of the trade.
From the time Forsberg entered the NHL until Lindros' last game in Philadelphia, Forsberg produced more points. Had the trade been a player-for-player exchange, the Nordiques would have gotten the better of it.
The extensiveness of how one-sided this trade is unfathomable considering that fact. After Forsberg, the Flyers essentially gave Quebec the Nordiques' 3rd and 4th-leading scorers for the next season (only Mats Sundin and Joe Sakic produced more points than Duchense and Ricci).
Also included in the gift package was a starting goalie, two first round draft picks (one of which lead to the pickup of Patrick Roy), and enough money to pay Wayne Gretzky for 5 years.
After drafting Jocelyn Thibault with one of the first round draft picks, the (now relocated) Colorado Avalanche traded the young goalie to Montreal with Andrei Kovalenko and Martin Rucinsky in exchange for Patrick Roy and Mike Keane.
Colorado was ready to be a powerhouse, much due to the Lindros trade.
In all fairness, Eric Lindros was an excellent player, he just wasn't worth what he was traded for.
Lindros tied Jaromir Jagr for the league lead in points in the 1994-1995 season, won a Hart Trophy, and led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997.
Lindros could dominate hockey games while centering the Legion of Doom scoring line with John LeClair and Mikael Renberg.
At 6' 4," 245 pounds Lindros played an equally as dominating physical game. He also fought 41 times in his first six seasons, losing just one fight to Marty McSorley.
Lindros' abilities were heavily embraced by Flyers fans until concussion issues led to a dispute with general manager Bobby Clarke and resulted in Lindros' departure from Philadelphia.
A habit of skating with his head down resulted in the play featured in this slide being the most memorable of Lindros' career.
This shift was the last played in a Flyers' uniform and the one Philadelphia will remember him for.
Twenty years after this trade, the Flyers have still not won their third Stanley Cup.
Meanwhile in Colorado, Forsberg is set to have his number raised alongside Roy's 33 and a couple of Stanley Cup Champion banners.