Since it's still summer and there are lots of fantasy threads... Imagine this scenario: In 1983, the Habs deal declining star Guy Lafleur to Pittsburgh. (Lafleur plays until 1988 for Pittsburgh, averaging 60 points per year, but routinely missing the playoffs.) As part of the return for Lafleur, the Habs and Pens agree to swap 1st round picks in 1984. Somehow the Pens are still worse than New Jersey, and Montreal ends up with the #1 pick. Naturally they select hometown hero, Mario. So, in this fantasy, the Habs still have exactly the same team they had, except minus Petr Svoboda. And from 1984, they have Mario. How do you think Montreal's and Mario's futures would have unfolded? Montreal was the second-best regular season team in the 80s, but from 1983 to 1987 they waxed and waned. Out of nowhere they won the Stanley Cup in 1986, largely on the back of Patrick Roy and some solid defensive play. How would Mario have fitted into this emerging system, and under Jean Perron? In 1989, wouldn't Mario's presence push Montreal over Calgary? Or, would that whole team system have been changed by his presence? Would Mario and Pat Burns have seen eye to eye? Would Mario have thrived with earlier playoff experience and under the "local French-Canadian superstar" tag that was borne by Richard, Beliveau, and Lafleur?