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Worst NHL Trades (Deadline Deals) of the Last 30 Years

In the NHL, the month of February is a time when teams and General Managers have one last chance to look at their rosters and decide if they want to go for it all or sell off and hope for next season.

This year the trade deadline is March 2 and everyone is eager to see what their favorite NHL team will do.

NHL Trade Deadline Trackers 

The NHL trade deadline has become so hyped up that some die hard fans have deemed this day a national holiday. Fans love to see their team bolster it's lineup. It's a vote of confidence from the organization and a will to win. Will your team make a deal or will the competition steal your player?

If you are planning on taking the day off, tune into your local sports TV provider and they will most likely have a panel of sports broadcasters on air, checking their twitter feeds, e-mail accounts and text messages to see which players are on the move. 

Popular NHL Twitter Accounts 

1) Bob McKenzie - TSN's Hockey Insider 

2) Pierre Lebrun - NHL Columnist and TSN Hockey Insider

3) Darren Dreger - TSN's Hockey Insider

If TV is not available to you (because you are at work), there are even websites that will list all of the nhl trades that have occurred (in real time) so you can follow directly from your desk. 

Worst NHL Deadline Trades

In most cases, the deadline deals are close and both teams get fair value but there have also been a number of completely crazy and lopsided deals over the past 30 years. Below, we’ll be looking at some of the worst nhl trades made at the deadline and maybe you can help us figure out what the GM or team was thinking at the time.

5. February 26, 2008 - Atlanta Thrashers Trade Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen and Angelo Esposito

4. March 20, 1996 - Canucks Acquire Markus Naslund from Penguins for Alek Stojanov

3. February 21, 2011 - Dallas Stars Trade James Neal and Matt Niskanen for defenceman Alex Goligoski

2. March 7, 1988 - Calgary Flames Trade Brett Hull and Steve Bozek to the St. Louis Blues for Rob Ramage and Rick Wamsley

1. March 4, 1991 - Pittsburgh Penguins Receive Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings from Hartford for John Cullen, Jeff Parker and Zarley Zalapski

What were these hockey teams thinking? Why did they make the trades at the time? I guess, as an NHL fan, you must be careful what you wish for, if your team's general manager pulls the trigger on the deadline day, cross your fingers the deal does not end up on next year's "Worst NHL Deadline Deal" list.

If we missed any deals that you think should be on this list, let us know!


Jason Portnoy
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