Solid article, and if you didn't already know it was written by Down Goes Brown, it hits you at the end when, even after enjoying a long, productive career out of Lindros, the Leafs still never found a way to win the Cup.
(It's slightly disappointing that he forgot that the Devils haven't always been in Newark, but that's forgivable.)
As for the effects this alternate reality has on the Devils, it's certainly plausible that McMullen's patience with Lou finally runs out in 1995. It was an interesting choice to hint that Milbury ends up as his successor; perhaps an American writer changes the story to include the franchise's relocation to Nashville. (And what happens to all of us? Do we become Islanders fans?)
But let's go even deeper. The Devils weren't awarded Stevens until after the '91 draft. If Lou never gets to draft Niedermayer and his only first-rounder that year is Brian Rolston, does he still go after Stevens? Or does he take St. Louis's initial offer of Cujo, Brind'Amour, and a couple picks? (Keeping in mind, of course, that Brodeur has already been drafted.)
Let's say the Devils still do end up pursuing and acquiring Stevens. Does Lou still ask him to change his game to focus more on defense, or does he remain an offensive defenseman? For that matter, does Stevens remain a Devil for life, or does he split at some point? If Stevens settles into what would have been Niedermayer's role, who takes on the mantle of the Stevens that we remember? Daneyko? Somebody else entirely? Nobody?
A lot of interesting things could have happened if that trade never went down.