The Worst Post-2000 NHL Trades
Every year, teams make trades, primarily at the draft and trade deadline, that will decide the future of their teams. Sometimes, those moves could be costly, whether you are buyers, or you sellers. Most of the time they work out for both teams, or are at least near even, but other times, it becomes anything but that. This list just scratches the surface. It does not include (spoiler), the Luongo trade, the Giguere trade, or the Jagr trade among others.
Nashville trades: Martin Erat, Michael Laata
Washington trades: Filip Foresberg
Overview: This is the most recent trade on the list, and although young, it’s impact already has shown through both organizations. Foresberg is a point per game player so far this season, and is only 20, and an integral part to the Predators. Michael Laata is in the minors, and Martin Erat plays for Phoenix after absolutely flopping in Washington. No doubt who won here, even if Foresberg never scores again.
Montreal trades: Pavel Valentenko, Chris Higgins, Doug Janik, Ryan McDonagh
New York (Rangers) trade: Scott Gomez, Michael Busto, Tom Pyatt
Overview: All other assets aside, the main pieces of this trade were Scott Gomez, Chris Higgins, and Ryan McDonagh. Scott Gomez went from being a consistent 60-point player to being irrelevant in Montreal, and reaching nowhere near his contract expectations. Gomez was later bought out and played 46 games for the Panthers last year with 12 points. Higgins is still a serviceable player, now with the Canucks, and McDonagh has transformed into one of the best NHL defenseman, and captain of the Rangers.
San Jose trades: Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, Brad Stuart
Boston trades: Joe Thorton
Winner: San Jose
Overview: The Bruins traded their franchise player and regret it to this day. Thornton won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies the year after he was traded, while Sturm, Primeau, and Stuart combined together for 85 points that same year. Big Joe is still one of the most dominating centers in the league to this date.
Toronto trades: Tuukka Rask (rights)
Boston trades: Andrew Raycroft
Overview: In hindsight, this may have not looked like a bad trade at the time, but the benefits have been in Boston’s favor in recent years. Rask, the Leafs’ 21st pick in 2005 never played for Toronto or their affiliates, and the Leafs were only able to trade his rights. Raycroft went 39-34-14 in his two season in Toronto, and later faded out as a backup on 3 teams and now plays in Europe. Rask has become an elite NHL goaltender and the only thing left to wonder, is what could have been.
New York (Islanders) trades: 2nd overall (Jason Spezza), Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt
Ottawa trades: Alexi Yashin
Overview: Mike Milbury was the best. As if trading the second overall pick wasn’t bad enough, especially when you were either getting Ilya Kovalchuk or Jason Spezza, but he also dealt away 6’9 wrecking ball Chara, who has been one of the best defensemen in the NHL for 12 years now. Yashin produced for the Islanders, but was later bought out and is still being given money from in by the Islanders this season.