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Arashi Kage
12-09-2003, 05:52 PM
Just a thought that hit me last night when I was thinking about the Pens and their current situation.

A "what-if" thought, unimportant, but leaves you wondering what may/could have been.

Craig Patrick's worst decision ever was to fire Scotty Bowman (correct me if I'm wrong, but if memory serves me right, he was fired) after the Pens were upset in 92-93 by the Islanders after being huge favorites to win the cup for the third straight time.

Scotty coached the Pens to the President's Cup and a franchise best 56-21-7 in 92-93, while Lemieux had 160pts, Stevens 111, Tocchet 109, Francis 100, and Jagr 94. Bowman had a .628 winning percentage during his 164 games with Pittsburgh, the best in Pens history.

Scotty then took over in Detroit, and the rest is history.

If Scotty had remained with the Pens, I do not know if the team would be better off now, but perhaps in the mid-late 90's the Pens might have won a few cups which may have resulted in a new arena, etc, and the team may be better now. Well, at least they have Fleury and wouldn't have him if the team hadn't fallen apart.

Sort of a useless post, but it's just a thought I had, the notorious "what-if" scenario.

road doggy dogg
12-09-2003, 06:00 PM
<font face="Comic Sans MS" size=3 color=99FF00><b>The Penguins are the biggest "what-if" team in the history of sports... what if they never traded Naslund for a player who had a total of 7 career points, what if they never drafted Mario, what if they did get a new arena and weren't on the verge of bankruptcy the past 4 years, etc etc.... it hurts to think about :(
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KleptoKlown
12-09-2003, 06:19 PM
lots of "what ifs" all over professional sports

like what if the canucks never traded cam neely

da_king
12-09-2003, 08:42 PM
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you can't go wrong having scotty coaching your team. still though winning coaches get fired sometimes, it happens.

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MoRcHeEbA
12-10-2003, 04:45 AM
what if the jets were still around with the player we had at one point... Easily a stanley cup team now... Tkachuk,Selanne,Khabby,Teppo,Domi :shifty:,Tverdosky and a bunch of other good players.

Arashi Kage
12-10-2003, 03:33 PM
Even worse........what if the Nordiques had stayed in Quebec. They won the cup the first year on Colorado, that sucks for Nords fans and Canadian hockey.

KleptoKlown
12-10-2003, 04:32 PM
what if the jets were still around with the player we had at one point... Easily a stanley cup team now... Tkachuk,Selanne,Khabby,Teppo,Domi :shifty:,Tverdosky and a bunch of other good players.


Tverdosky was part of the trade with the Ducks/Jets that sent Selanne to the Ducks :p

Jesus Shuttlesworth
12-10-2003, 06:01 PM
WHAT IF THE RED SOX NEVER TRADED BABE RUTH

:(

samichna
12-10-2003, 06:08 PM
what if the jets were still around with the player we had at one point... Easily a stanley cup team now... Tkachuk,Selanne,Khabby,Teppo,Domi :shifty:,Tverdosky and a bunch of other good players.

Teppo Numminen, Alexei Zhamnov, Stu Barnes, Phil Housley, and Technically Roenick too, since he was traded in the offseason prior to the Jets moving to Phoenix.

lol Domi btw

KleptoKlown
12-10-2003, 06:53 PM
Bob Esenssa and Rick Tabbarchi (sp) :lol:

ah well, better than Troy Gamble.

asphyXy
12-10-2003, 11:27 PM
<font color=969696>What if the Rangers traded Richter for Cujo a few years ago? What if they never got rid of Amonte? What if they had a real coach?</font>

MoRcHeEbA
12-11-2003, 02:43 AM
I relized Tverdovsky was part of that trade like right after I posted it... I just forgot to edit it out..

MoRcHeEbA
12-11-2003, 02:44 AM
GREAT SAVE ESENSSA....


then he went to the canucks for awhile :love:

MoRcHeEbA
12-11-2003, 02:47 AM
Tim Cheveldae :heart:

PsychoSport
12-11-2003, 02:51 AM
We want Bob! We want Bob! We want Bob! We want Bob!

(Hopes someone gets that :$)

KleptoKlown
12-11-2003, 02:30 PM
We want Bob! We want Bob! We want Bob! We want Bob!

(Hopes someone gets that :$)


LOL

I was at a game vs the Sens. Potvin had a pretty decent 1st period. Canucks were up 1-0 after a goal like right a the buzzer if I remember. 2nd period comes along, Potvin does his usual sucking....20,000 people yelling "we want bob we want bob"

It was also Roger Neilson's first night back in Vancouver since he started his battle with cancer or something like that. So some local radio company was handing out white towel. A good dozen or so people threw those towels on the ice at Potvin's direction. So hilarious.

I belive Bertuzzi even called the fans actions a disgrace at the end of that night :blush: