Trade deadline day sometimes brings about a trade that puts a team on the path for a Stanley Cup victory. If your team's general manager makes the right deal he can even start them on the road to dynasty. Unfortunately for every Butch Goring ready to lead his Islanders on a four cup winning streak there are a dozen Alexei Zhitniks ready to help sink his Atlanta Thrashers and lead them back out into the wilderness.
The Montreal Canadiens have been lucky enough in their history to be lead by some of the greatest general managers in hockey history. From 1940 until 1978 Tommy Gordon, Frank J. Selke and Sam Pollock took the team from one dynasty era to the next seldom missing a beat or making a bad trade.
There have been plenty of bad trades through Canadiens' history and this power point is my attempt to rank the 13 worst. You can be pretty sure the GM's listed above will be involved in very few of them.
Trades are tough enough without the added pressure of time ticking down to deadline day. Desperate teams often make terrible decisions as the pressure mounts. A bad trade can cripple an organization for years, especially in today's hard-cap league.
This is a cautionary look at those bad trades and what they can do to your organization if you're not careful.
The title for each slide will just be the primary player involved in each particular deal. My thanks to http://www.habswatch.com/p/trade-history.html for the dates of all the trades and all the principles involved.