The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching (April 3 at 3:00 PM ET).
The trade deadline became a hot topic after the Islanders acquired Butch Goring from the Los Angeles Kings in 1980 and Goring proved to be the final piece of the puzzle for a team that went on to win four consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1980 to 1983.
Since then, contending teams have tried to add that final piece of the puzzle. And teams that are out of the playoff race try to stock up on prospects and draft picks for players whose contracts are expiring or veterans looking for one more chance to win a title before they retire.
Here is a look at the 20 worst trade deadline deals since the Islanders made that fateful deal for Butch Goring in 1980.
As always, comments are most welcome. Feel free to mention any bad deals you feel I missed and explain why that deal belongs on our list.