Sports are so generous. Not only do we find dramas and games that make our blood rush and make our stomachs constrict, but we also reflect how legacy and legends can be seen when a bounce, a technician’s decision or a ‘referee’s call’ goes, on the other hand it “if but What? ” The game works.
For the next time, will SportSnet.ca run a “if so”? To describe in detail the alternative story derived from featured, larger and smaller events. This week we asked ourselves, “Did Wayne Gretzky sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 1999?”
What was actually happening
When Wayne Gretzky was a limited free agent at the age of 35, he signed the final contract of his NHL career. Although “The Great One” had just tried a three-year deal with the New York Rangers, meeting with teammate Mark Messier, he also had important discussions about signing with Toronto Maple Leafs. Gretzky missed no games in his first two years at Broadway and recorded 167 points in 1,164 contests. Timu Seylan (195) and Jaromir Jagar (197) are the two players who have scored more points during this period. Gretzky lost a dozen games in his final season and the Rangers were unable to qualify for the playoffs for the second year in a row, which would certainly leave his decision a bit easier.
What could happen
Looking back, the sign that Gratsky signed with Leafs almost seems to be the same attitude, mostly because Toronto general manager Cliff Fletcher wanted to implement it. Although two straight outs came out of the page in the first round, there were still two years left before the conference final. (Of course, most “what happens?” Screenings at the 1993 Campbell Conference have to do with the gritty jokes and a certain sticking out of the pages.) Lifesland, when trying to reduce property costs. If Fletcher had gained acceptance from the top, Gretzky would have finished his blue and white career very well.
Potential hockey could rewrite history
One of the things that can always be found from The Leaf Games Press Box is the number of Eric Lindros sweaters you can find. Think about it for a second: Lindros of Toronto, who played 33 games with the team at the end of his career, and when we were able to take part in live sporting events, if you go looking for grain popcorn in a match, the pages, Got a chance. During a cup of coffee with the club, fans were given a quick hug from the local man and the Hall of Famer, how many sweaters there are. When we post, we still see 99 people?
Gretzky’s Rangers career began in 1997 when the club reached four finals in the 1997 playoffs. Which turned out to be his last season, with Gratsky scoring 20 points in 15 playoff appearances before appearing in the blueshirt. Five games for the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Final. The pages didn’t come close to creating a postseason between 1998 and 1998, and even the realist, even the most productive Greetsky probably couldn’t change that fact.
Things got interesting when Gretzky’s last season was 1998-99. After losing several years under coach Mike Murphy, the Lifs hired Pat Quinn in the summer of 1999 and Curtis Joseph scored the goal. It was the beginning of a career that saw the team enter the Eastern Conference area for several good seasons. Could he have endured another season if he had played for a competitive team as he reached the end of the Greetsky line? Quinn’s teams used offensive play that encouraged crime. It’s easy to mention that it was time to prove that Gretzky scored just nine goals in the last round of the NHL, but he actually played 733 points for a bad Rangers team. Put a special outfit from the page and Greetsky will certainly remain as a point player
Leafs reached the Eastern Final in 1999 and always took a break when Buffalo Sabers stopper Dominic Hasek, who had survived to his power, was forced to drop the top two. Series game Dwayne Rollson came up with an injury and gifted a win in the first game for Buffalo, who won five series. Even if Gretzky can’t include a balance sheet in this series, you have to think at the age of 38 that he will make another kickoff in the playoffs in 1999-2000. Almost certainly his career goal has exceeded 900 and he will get 2,000 assistants.