The 14 Worst Trades in NHL History

Keegan McNally@Keegan_McNallyCorrespondent IIOctober 27, 2011

The 14 Worst Trades in NHL History

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    Throughout NHL history there have been trades that make fans scratch their heads.

    Sometimes general managers know more about how trades will play out than us couch analysts do. Sometimes, however, they are way off.

    From Joe Thornton to Cam Neely, here are 14 of the worst trades in the NHL's long history. 

Selanne, Chouinard and a 4th from WPJ to ANH for Kilger, Tverdovsky, 3rd

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    Although Teemu Selanne never again scored 76 goals like he did in his rookie campaign with Winnipeg, he still went on to win a Rocket Richard trophy and recorded several 100-point seasons with the new Anaheim franchise.

    Tverdovsky would record 107 points as a Jet/Coyote, while Kilger would only gather 13 points in his Winnipeg/Phoenix career.

    Absolutely lopsided trade from the failing Winnipeg franchise. 

Todd Bertuzzi, McCabe, 3rd from NYI to VAN for Trevor Linden

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    Todd Bertuzzi went on to post 449 points playing for Vancouver after he was traded off the Island in 1998. 

    The other big player in this trade was Trevor Linden, who was supposed to come in and replace the whole left by Bertuzzi. Instead he only posted 64 points for the Islanders over two seasons.

    This was an absolute steal for Vancouver, as eight years later they would parlay Bertuzzi into another steal of a trade with Florida.

Roberto Luongo, Krajicek, 6th from FLA to VAN for Bertuzzi, Allen and Auld

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    Luongo and Bertuzzi were the big name players in this trade (one of the many between Florida and Vancouver) in 2006. 

    Luongo would go on to post Vezina-quality seasons, advance his team deep into the playoffs and provide solid (although sometimes questionable) goaltending in Vancouver.

    Bertuzzi would go on to play seven games for Florida. Seven. 

Cam Neely and a 1st from VAN to BOS for Barry Pederson

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    Cam Neely for Barry Pederson was bad enough, but throwing in the first-rounder is ridiculous.

    Neely went on to have a stellar three-time, 50-goal scoring career with Boston (even though it was cut short), while Pederson never went back to his hundred-point mark that he had with Boston, with Vancouver.

    The closest was 76 points in the four seasons he spent with Vancouver. 

Alexei Yashin from OTT to NYI for Bill Muckalt, Zdeno Chara, 1st (Jason Spezza)

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    A very unfortunate trade for the Islanders for a number of reasons.

    First, it is because of Yashin himself, who only managed to play five seasons with New York before vanishing into the KHL. He also had numerous problems in the locker room, disrupting the flow of this Islanders team.

    Second, Chara and Spezza would go on to be big factors in Ottawa's Stanley Cup final run a couple years down the road, being two crucial centerpieces for the Senators.

Joe Thornton from BOS to SJ for Wayne Primeau, Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm

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    Joe Thornton is a franchise player; one that you build a team around. Thornton has recorded 551 points since the trade, playing in only 469 games for the Sharks. All three of the players Boston received have played a grand total of 501 games combined for the Bruins since the trade. They've also only collected 270 combined points and none currently play on the Bruins roster. 

    Obviously I realize that the Sharks still haven't achieved a Stanley Cup victory like the Bruins have, but this trade still can be considered a steal by San Jose. 

Adam Oates and MacLean from DET to STL for Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney

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    This was a horrific trade for Detroit in 1989.

    Adam Oates posted three seasons above 70 points with St. Louis, while McKegney and Federko both left after a single season with the Red Wings recording measly point totals. 

    Maclean even stuck around in St. Louis for one-and-a-half seasons, rubbing more salt in the wound of Detroit. 

Brett Hull and Steve Bozek from CAL to STL for Rob Ramage and Rick Wamsley

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    Brett Hull went on to have a Hall of Fame career in St. Louis after this trade, including four consecutive 100-point seasons.

    Ramage ended up posting 23 points for the Flames, while Wamsley never posted a season save percentage above .900.

    You tell me who won this trade.

Rick Middleton from NYR to BOS for Ken Hodge

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    Rick Middleton would go on to score 898 points for Boston over the next 12 years.

    Ken Hodge scored a grand total of 68 points in New York after the trade.

    Need I say more?

Patrick Roy, Mike Keane from MTL to COL for Kovalenko, Rucinsky, Thibault

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    Overall, this trade was terrible for the Canadiens.

    Even though Roy was going through a slump, he showed his ability to rebound in Colorado. After this trade he would go on to lead the Avalanche to two Stanley Cups, including a Conn Smythe-winning performance. 

    Trading away Patrick Roy turned out to be a huge mistake for the Canadiens, even though they got a couple of decent players in return. Again, two pieces of silver and a piece of bronze for a piece of gold is never a good formula for a trade when dealing with players of Roy's caliber.

Markus Naslund from PIT to VAN for Alek Stojanov

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    This trade is simply atrocious for Pittsburgh.

    They traded away a future captain, a 100-plus production player and a prolific goal scorer for Alex Stojanov.

    Haven't heard of him? That's because he only played in 45 games for Pittsburgh after this trade. 

Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, Stanfield from CHI to BOS Martin, Norris, Marotte

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    Boston made out like bandits with this trade.

    Esposito, Hodge and Stanfield would all go on to have great careers in Boston. Esposito would net 152 points in a single season, Hodge would have two seasons over 100 points and Stanfield even posted a few point per game seasons.

    Martin was clearly the best pickup for Chicago in this trade, but even he only gathered one season over a point per game.

    This could go down as possibly one of the most lopsided trades of all time. 

First Eric Lindros Trade

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    Eric Lindros was heralded as the next Gretzky when he first came into the NHL. It sparked this ridiculous trade by the Philadelphia Flyers:

    From Philadelphia: Peter Forsberg, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Ron Hextall, Steve Duchesne, Chris Simon, a draft pick and $15 million.

    From Quebec: Eric Lindros.

    Sure, Lindros went on to have a couple of very productive seasons in Philadelphia, but was he really worth ALL of that? 

    The short answer is no.

The Great One Leaving the Oilers for the Kings

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    Three first-round picks, two players and $15 million later, and the Kings had their superstar.

    They also had a broken-hearted legend who cried at the podium after this trade was announced.

    It has to go down as one of the worst trades to ever be made by the Oilers. Players like Gretzky come around once in a lifetime and trading them away for first rounders and cash just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. 

    But Edmonton needed money and not even Gretzky's 200-point seasons could generate enough of it. 

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