The Worst NHL Deadline Day Trades in the Past Decade

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The Worst NHL Deadline Day Trades in the Past Decade
Alex Gallardo/Associated Press

The clock is ticking for the NHL's 30 general managers.

The Feb. 29 trade deadline is almost upon us. Teams will get their last chance of the year to try to add impact players to their rosters in hopes of taking a run at the Stanley Cup—or to sell off their assets in the hopes of collecting draft picks and prospects and maybe putting themselves in a better position at the draft.

The time around deadline day is usually when we see the most daring deals in a league where the salary cap has made old-school "hockey trades" nearly extinct.

Sometimes, those big moves work out. Think of Marian Gaborik joining the Los Angeles Kings in 2014, Antoine Vermette fitting in with the Chicago Blackhawks last season or even Ray Bourque seizing his chance to leave the Boston Bruins behind for a chance to win a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche—though he had to play a full season after his 2000 deadline deal before finally hoisting the coveted trophy in 2001.

For every trade-deadline success, there are a lot of failures. Some of which can cripple franchises for years.

Going year by year since the season-long lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 campaign, here are the worst deals we've seen during the last 10 NHL trade deadlines.

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