And clearly if you have the choice you'll show no appreciation or loyalty to a good leader, teammate, and hockey player and instead err on the side of money and young legs. Classy dude.
He bought the cup in 2002.
Here we go.....
Steve Yzerman - draft pick
Brendan Shanahan - acquired for Paul Coffey and Keith Primeau Oct. 1996
Sergei Fedorov - draft pick
Brett Hull - signed as UFA August 22, 2001 WELL after 29 other teams could have offered him a contract.
Nick Lidstrom - draft pick
Chris Chelios - acquired for Ander Eriksson and TWO 1st round draft picks March 1999
Tomas Holmstrom - draft pick
Igor Larionov - acquired for Ray Sheppard Oct. 1995 - re-acquired for Yan Golubovsky Dec. 2000
Luc Robitalle - signed as UFA July 5th 2001 for his beloved LA Kings didn't even want him back that year...
Darren McCarty - draft pick
Pavel Datsyuk - draft pick
Kirk Maltby - acquired for Dan McGillis March 1996
Boyd Devereaux - signed as UFA August 23rd 2000, well after 29 other could have offered him a contract...
Frederick Olausson - signed as UFA May 2001 out of Swiss League (who else wanted him? Noone.)
Steve Duschesne - signed as UFA Sept. 1999 well after 29 other teams had a chance to offer a contract...
Kris Draper - acquired for $1 (CAN) and future considerations June 1993
Mathieu Dandenault - draft pick
Dom Hasek - acquired for Slava Kozlov and a 1st round pick July 2001
Uwe Krupp - signed as UFA July 1998
Manny Legace - signed as UFA August 1999, claimed off waivers from VAN Oct. 1999
Jiri Slegr - acqured for Yuri Butsayev and a 3rd round draft pick
Jason Williams - signed as an undrafted UFA in Sept 2000....
that is the playoff roster, so show me exactly where Illtich BOUGHT the Cup...I see a team built through drafting, trading assests for assests and acquiring UFA's that everyone passed on, with the exception of MAYBE Robitaille and he didn't have to outbid ANY of the other teams for ANY of the UFA's he signed...and remember they had justlost LaPointe to UFA so they needed to replace his production and they did so 4 days after 29 other teams could have thrown big bucks as Luc....
anyone who says Illitch bought that 02 Cup hasn't paid any attention to how the Yankees or Heat operate....If somehow the Wild pull off a Cup win this year (or when they come back) you can accuse them of buying a Cup...
Edited by LeftWinger, 19 December 2012 - 08:42 PM.