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Ah, the Eric Lindros debacle. Lindros was the prized prospect in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, a draft that the Quebec Nordiques held the first pick in. Lindros had made it clear that if he was drafted by Quebec he would not play for the team; they drafted him anyway.
The team later made deals with the Flyers and the Rangers for Lindros. An arbitrator ruled that the Flyers trade would stand and the deal was consummated, The Flyers got Lindros and Quebec got (take a breath), Mike Ricci, Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, first round picks in 1993 and 1994 and $15 million cash. The kicker was that the Flyers were happy with this deal.
Forsberg, would eventually turn into everything Lindros was believed to be. Forsberg would go on to hoist the Cup with the Avalanche, while Lindros would ring up an impressive list of individual achievements, never getting his name etched on the Cup.
While it is true that Lindros was a dominant player for the Flyers, he was also injury prone. In addition, his father, who was also his manager, did not see eye to eye with Flyers GM Bob Clarke and after eight tumultuous seasons he was sent to the New York Rangers for far less than what it cost the Flyers in 1992.