NHL Trade Deadline: 20 Best Deadline Deals in History

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NHL Trade Deadline: 20 Best Deadline Deals in History
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Trade deadline day this year in the NHL was anti-climatic at best. Most of the deals were done before the last minute for a change. Dustin Penner and Dennis Wideman were among the biggest names moved yesterday. Next on that list? Rostislav Klesla. 

When Rusty is in your big three, you know you have a non-event.

Historically it hasn't always been so. Huge deals have been made ever since a trade deadline was established in the NHL back in 1980. Suddenly there was a cut-off date for NHL GM's to bring in new players and improve their teams before the playoffs. There is nothing like a deadline to inspire a flurry of activity in any office.

Here for me anyway are my 20 best deals from the last 30 years of deadline deals. 

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