Keith Was Almost A Flyer

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    "Former Blackhawks general manager Mike Smith told the Athletic's Mark Lazerus that the franchise came "this close" to trading then prospect now two-time Norris Trophy winner and three-time Stanley Cup champ Keith to the Philadelphia Flyers to bring back Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte.

    Smith said his successor, Bob Pulford, intended to package Keith - who was drafted by the Hawks at No. 54 overall in 2002 - with three other players to return the two Blackhawks legends, who were 34 at the time, to Chicago. The 2004-05 NHL lockout prevented the deal from happening with the trade market being frozen for the year.

    Report: Blackhawks almost traded Duncan Keith for Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte
     
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    Flyers luck is consistent.
     
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    Instead, we trade them Patrick Sharp a year later

    History will be made
     
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    He'd have been dealt by year 3 because he didnt fit 'the mold' or some bs.
     
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    So The Flyers were going to trade Roenick before Forsberg was even on their radar?
     
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    "Almost" is this team's real motto.
     
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    thanks I hate it
     
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    Another Cam Neely situation. Damn.
     
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    Roenick was done after the brain injuries he suffered in 03-4.
     
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    Yes of course, but it's interesting to know that they were looking to move him basically after that last playoff run, even before Forsberg was on their radar.
     
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    He was worth it.

    Such a beast...when healthy
     
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    So the Flyers almost had:

    Keith
    Weber
    Suter

    haha.

    That is almost half of the HHoF Dmen playing in the league right now. (Doughty, Karlsson, Chara basically guaranteed... Hedman likely, Burns maybe.)
     
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    He single handedly won 2 games against BUF in the playoffs that year we should have been swept
     
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    That Sharp trade killed me. I remember thinking we traded Sharp?? Holy shit the return must be massive! Only to look it up and realize the return was a middling ahl player. I couldn’t believe it.

    The non-quintessential moment of the Flyers brass into the “new nhl”
     
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    Clarke was a terrible GM his last 5 seasons with the Flyers. He should have been fired years before he "resigned"
     
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    I thought Clarke traded Sharp to do him a favor because he wasn’t going to get top 6 minutes here. Clarke was guilty of doing favors by trading guys more than once. I also thought Hitchcock didn’t like him as well.
     
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    Clarke didn’t like to bury guys if they could get to play elsewhere.

    Overall, I think an admirable trait. But it burned them with Sharp & Weinrich.
     
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    That’s fine and dandy but you gotta get a return. You can’t be nice for the sake of being nice in business, generally speaking.
     
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    Neither of those guys had any value when they were traded. Clarke gave them a chance to play. Sometimes you need to treat humans like humans.
     
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    I hate this thread. .
     
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    I want to know who the other 3 players were coming to Philly with Duncan Keith
     
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    Wonder what the team would of looked like now with Keith. Would of changed our draft position, trades that wouldn’t of been made ect
     
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    According to who? I've heard plenty of interviews with Sharp where he's said he always got along with Hitchcock and he didn't know where those rumours came from.

    Sounds like something the Philadelphia media would make up so that people would "understand" why Clarke traded him. Remember, Clarke could do no wrong

    No matter what excuse you want to give for the trade, it was still a terrible trade. Clarke and Hitchcock were clueless on how to build a team after the 04-05 lockout. It was all about speed, yet they just ignored that. I'm pretty sure Hitchcock even said that speed was overrated after the Rathje and Hatcher signings.
     

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