Egads, I'm not going to reveal how old *I* was at the time of the Oates trade.
Don't forget Kevin McClelland. He came along with Carson. What a bargain!
It just goes to show with trades that you just never know. Jimmy Carson was a proven commodity. He was a three time (or close to it) 50 goal scorer and he was still in his early 20's. For whatever, reason, be it the hometown pressure or what not, he could never recapture his scoring touch. The Wings liked Adam Graves and didn't want to part with him, but he was a young grinder with the Wings at the time and Carson was a budding superstar. I don't know of many who wouldn't have made that trade.
The Oates thing was entirely different. I heard an interview with Jacques Demers after he had left Detroit. Want to say it was with Mitch Albom when he was still doing the sports show on Sunday Nights. In any event, a law enforcement official contacted the Wings and told them Oates' name was listed in some kind of "black book" of a prominent drug dealer. With all the Probert stuff going down, the Wings freaked out and quickly dumped Oates for whatever they could get. Turned out to be a bogus report, but it wasn't purely a hockey move.
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