I did not know that: Trade between WHA and NHL teams

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  1. beauchamp

    beauchamp Registered User

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    Looking at Steve Durbano's stats (don't ask...), I came upon this tidbit of info:

    Vaclav Nedomansky traded to Detroit by Birmingham (WHA) with Tim Sheehy for the loan of Steve Durbano and Dave Hanson and future considerations, November 18, 1977.

    I wasn't aware that there ever were a trade between the WHA and NHL.
    Is that the only one?
     
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    bump.
    Never heard this. Any one else know anything about this or other trades like it?
     
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    two other trades between the leagues

    Rockies traded Randy Rota to Edmonton of WHA for cash, NOV 1976.

    Rangers traded Bill Goldsworthy to Indianapolis of WHA for Frank Spring, NOV 1977.
     
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    Well isnt this interesting. First Ive ever heard of it and I wonder how that mightve worked. To the best of my knowledge there certainly wasnt any working agreement between the two leagues, and the players themselves would have had to have approved such a trade as they'd have to then sign a new Contract be it WHA or NHL.
     
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    one more

    Also the North Stars traded Pierre Jarry and Chris Ahrens to Edmonton (WHA) for "future considerations", March 1978.

    I don't think Lou Nanne ever expected anyone to come back to Minnesota. He was probably just getting rid of contracts on a cash strapped team before the merger with Cleveland.
     
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    another NHL - WHA trade

    This may have been the first:

    February 1975, Maple Leafs trade rights to Bill Butters to Minnesota Fighting Saints for cash.

    And here's another:

    December 1976, Atlanta Flames trade "Cowboy" Bill Flett to Edmonton Oilers for cash.
     
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    Wow, that bump! Almost two years after your last post you come back with the results of your research? Now that's what I call dedication!
     
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    This is true.

    After the merger, the North Stars had 65 players under contract worth a total of $4.7 million. Lou had to get that down to $2.2 million, by order of the Gunds.

    He started buying out and making trades, and in about a month he shed $2.2 million, then shed the remaining soon after.

    Nanne also decided to sign some free agents and in turn lose more players via compensation. He signed defenseman Gary Sargent from L.A., and then won the arbitration case and handed over Rick Hampton, Steve Jensen, and Dave Gardiner to the Kings, when they actually had asked for Gilles Meloche and Greg Smith.

    That was actually the very first arbitration case for compensation in NHL history.
     
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    The thread that would not die !

    Started in January 2011.

    Still going in October 2015 (even if there is only 10 posts).

    That might be a record for HF. :D
     

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