Today we are breaking into the Penguins Trade Vault: Rumor Edition and looking at an “almost” deal that involved Hall of Famer Paul Coffey.
History tells us that on February 19, 1992 Paul Coffey was traded to the LA Kings in a 3 way deal with the Flyers that brought us some rather formidable talent that helped the Penguins secure a 2nd Stanley Cup.
2 years before, in May 1990 Coffey’s name was included in an interesting proposal from a team located on the Canadian side of the Seattle border.
Primeau was forecast by many teams to go right around 5th overall.
Vancouver felt trading for a later pick would allow them to maximize the value of the 2nd pick and still be able to select the player their targets were set on.
The most obvious choice for a trade partner was the Pittsburgh Penguins who were in possession of the 5th pick.
The proposed deal had Paul Coffey and Pittsburgh’s 5th overall pick going to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for the 2nd Overall Pick.
Naturally, Pittsburgh wanted more for Coffey than what the Canucks were offering, despite the fact the Penguins and Coffey were embroiled in a contract dispute (over $1 Million dollars)
Vancouver was also in possession of the 18th pick overall which was discussed as a throw in and at one point considered adding Doug Lidster into the mix to clear some space on the D-line.
In the end, we know that a deal was never solidified and the Canucks would select future Penguins Alumni Petr Nedved (for more on Nedved read my article “Cash Strapped”) with the 2nd overall pick.
Keith Primeau would be selected 3rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings and would appear in over 900 NHL games and become one of the most feared “Big Men” to step onto the ice.
Pittsburgh held onto that 5th overall pick and Selected Jaromir Jagr. (On a side note- The Quebec Nordiques were heavily in favour of selecting Jagr, electing to go with Owen Nolan instead, as many teams were still hesitant in drafting European players. Imagine the historical implications that would choice would have had on the Penguins.)
Here are a few other players selected in that draft who would appear in a Penguins Jersey:
I hope you enjoyed this “Rumour Mill” edition of the “Trade Vault”.