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Kirk McLean in the Devils organization

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From the delightful Canucks Library website, as part of a feature on the best/worst 'Nucks trades of all-time...

http://www.comnet.ca/~dmarchak/candeal.htm

September 10, 1987: A two for one deal

When Pat Quinn took over as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, the team did not have many assets (I said assets). In one of his first trades, Quinn sent Patrick Sundstrom to New Jersey for Greg Adams and a minor league goaltender named Kirk McLean (there were a few draft picks thrown in just to make it more confusing). Sundstrom actually went on to have a good career in New Jersey, playing just over four more seasons. However that was only half the time Greg Adams spent in Vancouver. In addition, Kirk McLean turned out to be the best netminder in team history. McLean played over 500 games, recorded over 200 wins, 20 shutouts (plus 6 in the playoffs) and was named to the second NHL All-Star team in 1991-92.

For those of you who might have followed the Devils then (or have since studied your history), was McLean regarded as anything special while he was in the minors? Was the deal considered significant at the time? Granted the Devils eventually ended up with a fellow named Marty Brodeur, but did fans ever feel "robbed" in this trade the way Canucks fans view it as a stroke of genius?

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Patrik Sundstrom was great. He was John Madden back when Madden could score goals. He still holds the NHL record for most points in a playoff game.

He became injury prone which hampered his career.

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I loved Patrick Sundstrom......and hell, we had Alain Chevrier.

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We also had Sauve and some kid who people really liked named Burke waiting in the wings.

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I think we got Sauve after Chevrier left to, Chicago I think it was.

I loved Chevrier!

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Chevrier, Sauve and Burke all played on the 87-88 team. We sent Chevrier to Loserpeg for the pick that would become Mike Dunham in the summer of 1988.

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Winnipeg. Yes, now I remember.

He ended up in Chicago.

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greg adams was great. i remember thinking the devils were insane shipping both adams and mclean.

on a side note i beleive adams played college hockey for the lumberjacks at nau, flagstaff arizona.

sundstrom was great especially in that game against the caps in '88 but in all honesty the trade sucked for sure, pat quinn is no fool.

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I was at that Caps game.......Gretzky tied that 10 point record sometime later.

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that run in '88 was the best, i caught that one as well.

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The only thing that hurt that trade was Sundstrom having to retire early because of his bad back. Otherwise it was at least even if not in New Jersey's favor. Adams was just an ok 2nd or 3rd line winger, and McLean was a good goalie but Burke made him expendable and was just as good as a goaltender. Sundstrom on the other hand was an awesome two way center. Lamierello has been quoted several times as saying what a huge loss it was to the organization when sundstrom had to retire because it left them with a gaping hole at center and it took them some time to recover from that.

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