Mike Milbury: 5 Reasons The Former Islanders GM Is The Worst in League History
These are the greatest trades from the greatest general manager the Islanders wish they never hired (Here he is welcoming his newest star players, he traded away the Coliseum Zambonis for China's best 10-year-old prospects).
Counting down in five-to-one order, here are the best or worst trades Islanders former general manager made during his tenure with the club.
No. 5: The Luongo Left Town
New York Islanders traded Kevin Weekes, the rights of Kristian Kudroc and a second-round selection (later traded to Phoenix, Matthew Spiller) in 2001 to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a first-round selection (Raffi Torres) in 2000, a fourth-round selection (previously acquired Vladimir Gorbunov) in 2000 and seventh-round selection (previously acquired Ryan Caldwell) in 2000.
This deal was not that bad, but was done on the same day as the Luongo/Bertuzzi deal... so it automatically makes any top 10 (keep your eyes open for that fantastic trade).
No. 4: The Niinimaa Deal
Edmonton Oilers traded Janne Niinimaa and a second-round selection in 2003 to the New York Islanders for Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres.
Niinimaa never panned out for anybody, while Raffi Torres turned into a solid NHL grinder/energy player and Brad Isbister was always able to hold down an NHL roster spot.
No. 3: The Osgood Deal
New York Islanders traded Chris Osgood and a third-round selection in 2003 to the St. Louis Blues for Justin Papineau and a second-round selection in 2003.
Milbury dealt away Chris Osgood for a no-name player and second-round pick, which they used to select Sean Bergenheim, who was okay. Although he couldn't match the couple of cups that Osgood backed the Red Wings to later on in his career.
No. 2: Chara and Spezza Were Never Good Enough for Milbury
Two future All-Stars.
Both will end up playing for their country in international tournaments, both just entering their prime. Chara becomes one of the league's most feared defenseman and Spezza an elite playmaker for Alexei Yashin, who ends up bolting the NHL for Russianland.
No. 1: The Luongo Deal
New York Islanders traded Olli Jokien and Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha
Quite simply the worst trade in NHL history.
I would like to thank Mr. Milbury for being so terrible at his job that I could make a top five.