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NHL: Best Trade(s) in Each Teams History - Western Conference

Posted by Mac D on August 27, 2011 at 6:30 AM

I had this written before I left for vacation and Galf brought the topic up in his blog found here making it a perfect segway for hockey. I will have the Eastern Conference up in a few days.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks: (I will always call them that)

When: July 3rd, 2006

To Anaheim: Chris Pronger

To Edmonton: Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Šmíd, first-round pick in 2007 (Riley Nash), and first- (Jordan Eberle) and second-round picks in 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Significance: After falling short in Game 7 with Edmonton in the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, Pronger was traded to the Ducks in the offseason. In his first season in Anaheim (2006-07) he brought valuable experience and leadership, helping the Ducks win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. In 258 games including the playoffs with Anaheim Pronger had 43 goals and 180 points to go along with a Stanley Cup

Calgary Flames:

When: November 25th, 1981

To Calgary: Lanny McDonald

To Colorado Rockies: Don Lever and Bob McMillian

When: February 1st, 1986

To Calgary: Joe Mullen, Terry Johnson and Rik Wilson

To St. Louis: Eddie Beers, Charlie Bourgeois and Gino Cavallini.

Significance: McDonald and Mullen were the backbone in helping Calgary win their only Stanley Cup in franchise history. In 492 career games with Calgary, McDonald had 215 goals and 406 points. In the playoffs, McDonald played in 72 games with 24 goals and 47 points. Mullen was a first-team All-Star in 1989, which was the year he helped Calgary win the Stanley Cup. In four and a half seasons (345 games) with Calgary, Mullen scored 190 goals and 388 points. Mullen also played in 61 playoff games with Calgary, scoring 35 goals and 55 points.

Honourable mentions: 1995 Jarome Iginla and Corey Millen to Calgary to Dallas Joe Nieuwendyk. 2003 Mikka Kiprusoff to Calgary to San Jose a 2nd round pick. 1988 to Calgary Doug Gilmour, Mark Hunter, Steve Bozek and Michael Dark to St. Louis Blues Mike Bullard, Craig Coxe and Tim Corkery.

Chicago Blackhawks:

When: December 5th, 2005

To Chicago: Patrick Sharp and Eric Meloche

To Philadelphia: Matt Ellison and a third round draft pick

Significance: Sharp brought a leadership mentality to a young Chicago team and was an integral part in Chicago's Stanley Cup-winning team in 2010. Sharp has scored 150 goals and 301 points in 427 career games. In the 2010 playoffs, Sharp has 21 goals and 38 points in 46 games.

Colorado Avalanche:

When: December 6, 1995

To Colorado: Patrick Roy, Mike Keane

To Montreal: Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Ručínský, Andrei Kovalenko

When: June 30, 1992

To Colorado: Peter Forsberg, Mike Ricci, Ron Hextall, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Chris Simon and two 1st round picks (Jocelyn Thibault 10th overall 1993 who was later traded for Patrick Roy and the other being traded in the end to the Washington Capitals 10th overall - Nolan Baumgartner 1994) and $15 million

To Philadelphia: Eric Lindros

When: March 6, 2000

To Colorado: Ray Bourque

To Boston: Brian Rolston, Martin Grenier, Samuel Påhlsson and a first round draft pick.

When: February 21, 2001

To Colorado: Rob Blake

To Los Angeles: Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, Jared Aulin and a 1st round pick

Significance:  All five players were the driving force in Colorado winning their two Stanley Cups in franchise history. Roy would go on to be arguably the best goalie while Forsberg won a Hart Trophy. Keane was the Captain in Montreal and brought valuable experience to the team. Bourque finally won a Stanley Cup in 2001 and Blake was the missing piece.

Columbus Blue Jackets:

When: June 30th, 2011

To Columbus: Jeff Carter

To Philadelphia: Jakub Voracek, a 2011 first-round pick and a 2011 third-round pick

Significance: The Blue Jackets have not been big players in the trade market since their inception in the league. With a need now to try and push for playoff success, the Blue Jackets made a surprise move in trading for Carter to help shoulder the load with star Rick Nash. This also helped the club sign James Wisniewski in free agency as the top UFA defenceman in 2011.

Dallas Stars:

When: December 19th, 1995

To Dallas: Sergei Zubov

To Pittsburgh: Kevin Hatcher

When: June 22nd, 1996

To Dallas: Joe Nieuwendyk

To Calgary: Jarome Iginla

Significance:  Zubov brought experience to Dallas after winning a Stanley Cup with New York and was the leader of the defence in Dallas' Stanley Cup win in 1999. His only three All-Star appearances came in a Stars uniform and he played in 839 games while scoring 11 goals, 438 assists for 549 points. He was named a second team All-Star in 2006 and was a Norris Trophy finalist as well. Nieuwendyk brought with him a Stanley Cup in 1989 with Calgary and was the Conn Smythe winner when Dallas won their lone Stanley Cup. Nieuwendyk played in 442 games with Dallas and scored 178 goals and 340 points. In 61 playoff games, he scored 25 goals and 40 points and won the 1999 Conn Smythe Trophy.

Detroit Red Wings:

When: October 9th, 1996

To Detroit: Brendan Shanahan, Brian Glynn

To Hartford: Paul Coffey Keith Primeau and a first-round draft pick

When: March 19th, 1997

To Detroit: Larry Murphy

To Toronto: Future Considerations

Significance: Both players were acquired in the same season and both brought Detroit their first Stanley Cup since 1955. In the 1998 playoffs, Murphy tied Coffey's record of shorthanded goals by a defenceman with two. Both played vital roles in winning back-to-back Stanley Cups and Shanahan went on to win his third in 2002. Murphy played 379 total games with the Red Wings (regular season and postseason) and scored 205 points. Meanwhile, Shanahan played in 716 regular season games scoring 309 goals and 633 points, and in the playoffs he played in 106 playoff games with Detroit, scoring 33 goals and 74 points.

Honourable Mention: 1993 to Detroit Kris Draper to Winnipeg one dollar.

Edmonton Oilers:

When: November 2nd 1978

To Edmonton (WHA): Wayne Gretzky, Eddie Mio and Peter Driscoll

To Indianapolis (WHA): $700,000 and future considerations

Significance:  A year later, Edmonton would move into the NHL from the WHA and Gretzky would be retained. The rest is history for the Oilers.

Los Angeles Kings:

When: June 23rd, 1975

To Los Angeles: Marcel Dionne

To Detroit: Terry Harper, Dan Maloney, and a second-round pick

When: August 8th, 1988

To Los Angeles: Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski

To Edmonton: Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash, and the Kings' first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993

Significance: Dionne was the Kings first superstar, playing 12 seasons and scoring 550 goals and 1307 points. He leads the Kings franchise in points and is second in goals. He also led the Kings to the postseason eight times during his 12-year career there. Shaking up the hockey world and making it more popular in the United States, Gretzky did that especially with the Kings. He helped the Kings reach their first Stanley Cup and surpassed Gordie Howe's all-time scoring record in 1993-1994. In eight seasons with the Kings, Gretzky scored 246 goals and 918 points.

Minnesota Wild:

When: June 24th, 2006

To Minnesota: Pavol Demitra

To Los Angeles: Patrick O'Sullivan and a first-round pick

Significance:  Minnesota have never been big spenders or traders until this past offseason when they acquired Devon Setoguchi and Dany Heatley. Before that, the Wild made the push and traded for Pavol Demitra who in two seasons scored 40 goals and 118 points. In the playoffs, he only had two goals and six points. This gamble never fully paid off but in a defensive-minded team scoring over 50 points a season is an achievement.

Nashville Predators:

When: February 15th, 2007

To Nashville: Peter Forsberg

To Philadelphia: Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, first-round pick and a third-round pick

Significance: This is the biggest trade in Nashville's history in hopes of advancing deep into the playoffs. In 17 regular season games, Forsberg had two goals and 13 assists. In five playoff games, he recorded two goals and two assists as the Predators were eliminated by the Sharks.

Honourable mention: 2011 to Nashville Mike Fisher to Ottawa a first-round draft pick in 2011 and a conditional draft pick in 2012.

Phoenix Coyotes:

When: August 16th, 1996

To Phoenix: Jeremy Roenick

To Chicago: Alexei Zhamnov and Craig Mills

Significance: Roenick helped lead the Coyotes to four straight playoff years after moving from Winnipeg. Roenick scored 141 goals in his tenure and 351 points. In 18 playoff games, he scored nine goals and 18 points. He made two All-Star games while in Phoenix as well.

San Jose Sharks:

When: November 30th, 2005

To San Jose: Joe Thornton

To Boston: Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart

Significance: After falling out of favour in Boston, Thornton made an immediate impact in San Jose. In 58 games with the Sharks he had 98 points and finished the season with 29 goals and 125 points while leading the league with 96 assists. This earned him the Art Ross Trophy and later the Hart Trophy. In six seasons thus far, Thornton has scored 137 goals and 557 points. Thornton has led San Jose in back-to-back Western Conference Finals in the past two seasons.

Honourable mentions: 2009 to San Jose Dany Heatley and a fifth-round draft pick in 2010 to Ottawa Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second-round draft pick in 2010. 2008 to San Jose Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich to Tampa Bay Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, a 1st round selection in 2009 and a 4th round selection in 2010. 1999 to San Jose Vincent Damphousse to Montreal 5th round selection in 1999, 2nd round selection in 2001 and a 1st round selection in 2000.

St. Louis Blues:

When: March 7th, 1988

To St. Louis: Brett Hull

To Calgary: Rob Ramage and Rick Wamsley


When: July 27th, 1995

To St. Louis: Chris Pronger

To Hartford: Brendan Shanahan

Significance: Hull set a record for right wingers with 86 goals in the 1990-91 season and developed as a prolific scorer to give St. Louis a superstar. Hull won the Hart Trophy in the same year. In 11 seasons in St. Louis, Hull scored 527 goals and 939 points. He also played in 100 playoff games and scored 67 goals and 117 points. Pronger revitalized the Blues, leading them to the Presidents Trophy in 1999-2000. He also won a Hart Trophy and Norris Trophy in the same season. Pronger was Captain in seven of his nine seasons in St. Louis and had 84 goals and 356 points. Pronger also helped St. Louis reach the playoffs every year he was there.

Honourable mention: 1989 to St. Louis Adam Oates and Paul MacLean to Detroit Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney.

Vancouver Canucks:

When: March 20th, 1996

To Vancouver: Markus Naslund

To Pittsburgh: Alex Stojanov

When: June 23rd, 2006

To Vancouver: Roberto Luongo

To Florida: Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld

Significance: The Canucks were a shell of their former selves after their 1994 playoff run and needed a scorer to ignite the team. Markus Naslund later went on to win the Lester B. Pearson Trophy and scored 346 goals and 756 points in 12 seasons with Vancouver. He led the Canucks to their first Northwest Division title and to the playoffs five times. Luongo continued what Nalsund had started, leading the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals this past year. In his first season with the Canucks, he was nominated for the Vezina Trophy, Lester B. Pearson and Hart Trophy. In five seasons with the Canucks, he has gone 193-101 with a 2.34 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. Luongo has also won the Jennings Award for the lowest team goals against average as a Canuck.

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Reply edbread
11:58 AM on August 27, 2011 
Pronger was not traded he was released from his contractual arrangement for reasons only he and Lowe really know

yes I'm still pissed and no I don't miss him but that trade did set my Oilers back a decade !
Reply Mac D
12:15 PM on August 27, 2011 
I know something went on before the playoffs started between Pronger and Lowe but the "trade" helped Anaheim. Eberle and Smid were nice pick-ups. But yes it set them back. Highest of highs to some pretty low lows. Just keep thinking of Chicago, Edmonton is on track which as a Canucks fan I don't like. Islanders too but they are in the east so I don't care.
Reply Galfur
12:27 PM on August 27, 2011 
Nicely done Mac.......forgot about a number of these (that starts happening at my age). A good read.
Reply the immortal scurds
2:25 PM on August 27, 2011 
I had a powow with ark razor about pronger/defenseman being able to bring a championship with him. pronger proves razor correct a few times.
Reply Zigzag420
2:56 PM on August 27, 2011 
Pronger and a local blonde reporter..... one pissed off wife..... Pronger left Edmonton.......
Reply Mac D
2:57 PM on August 27, 2011 
Zag - exactly what one of my neighbours (from Edmonton) said.
Reply edbread
10:08 PM on August 27, 2011 
Zigzag420 says...
Pronger and a local blonde reporter..... one pissed off wife..... Pronger left Edmonton.......

so hes not just an asshole hes an adulterer too...if I had to leave town every time my ole lady was pissed I'd be outta places to go by now !
Reply vapor5
7:21 AM on August 28, 2011 
The 2005 Philly/CHI Sharpe deal. Was Bobby Clarke the Flyers CEO? if so, that's par for the course.

Loved the 1996 Shanny Detyroit deal. :wink:
Reply the immortal scurds
2:31 PM on August 28, 2011 
Zigzag420 says...
Pronger and a local blonde reporter..... one pissed off wife..... Pronger left Edmonton.......


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