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The No. 1 trade in Dallas Stars history was no doubt a hard choice, especially with some of the Stars' greats coming in at the top of the list. But no trade was more impressive nor more ironic than Joe Nieuwendyk to Dallas in exchange for (then) prospect Jerome Iginla.
As much as it hurts to think about how awesome it may have been to have Iginla in a Stars jersey, there likely would have been no Stanley Cup in 1999 without Nieuwendyk, especially considering his Conn Smythe caliber play that post-season.
During the 2001-2002 Season Nieuwendyk was traded to New Jersey, and bounced around teams up until his retirement in 2006 due to recurring back problems.
Nieuwendyk is currently the Dallas Stars general manager, and has even overseen some of the trades on this list.
With his performance on the ice and in the face-off circle, and as well as his time as Stars GM, there is no doubt GM Joe is the most important trade move the Dallas Stars ever made.
Without him there is no Stanley Cup in 1999, and while Jerome Iginla would have looked good in a Stars jersey at this time he can't compare to the career of the skilled Joe Nieuwendyk.