Ranking the 10 Most Lopsided Trades in NHL History

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Ranking the 10 Most Lopsided Trades in NHL History
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Although it is not even a week old and the aftermath will likely take a few years to officially pan out, Jarome Iginla's trade from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins comes off as a candidate for one of Lewis Black's "I will repeat that" moments.

The Pens only needed to sacrifice a pair of NCAA-based prospects to nab Iginla's coveted services this past Wednesday. His acquisition amplifies their outlook as a Stanley Cup favorite, whereas the return package leaves the Flames' future ambiguous, at best.

Still, anything is possible, and there is ample time for Kenny Agostino or Ben Hanowski to blossom out of the blue and balance out the deal long term. It is early enough that this has not yet cemented its position among the most lopsided swaps in the history of the NHL.

Here are 10 trades who have had plenty of time to settle down prominently under that heading. They each involve one party picking up a player who made an instant and/or lasting impact while the other picked up, at best, a one-year wonder as part of the return package.

Unless otherwise indicated all trade details were found via nhltradetracker.com and all statistical information via hockey-reference.com.

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