1st round pick was too high a price, and with Toronto in our division, it would have been higher.
I don't remember who it was, but someone had some interesting speculation regarding any Toronto-to-Detroit trade. They said that above and beyond the traditional conference rival issues, there's also the whole "Mike Babcock to Toronto" issue as well. If Toronto wants any shot at landing Babs, they have to hope Detroit loses out early in the playoffs. As such, they won't be interested in sending Detroit any player that might help them make a a deeper run, since that would significantly lessen the chances that Babcock leaves.
That's actually a very good point and for sure the price would have been even higher if they traded him inter divisional
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