This Years Trade Awards (I Know, Bad Tittle)
There have been lots of trades to look at this year, so lets take a look at the best and worst trades made this year.
Best Trade for A Team: (Calgary) Milkka Kiprusoff for a 2nd round pick.
How about a goalie with a 19-7-3 record, 1.63 GAA and .935 SV%
Runner Up: (Tampa Bay) Cory Stillman for a second round pick.
Stillman has 22 goals and 68 points a long with 6 game winners.
Biggest Fire Sale: (Washington) Jagr, Lang, Bondra, Gonchar, Carter, Grier, Konowalchuk, and Nylander.
Runner Up: (New York) Kovalev, Leetch, Nedved, Malakhov, Rucinsky, Barnaby, Simon, De Vries, and Markkanen.
Best Hockey Trade: (Philly/Carolina) Danny Markov for Justin Williams
Great trade for both teams; they both got what they wanted.
Runner Up: (Phoenix/Philly) Comrie for Sean Burke, Branko Radivojevic and Ben Eager
Again, another good trade for both teams.
Biggest Trade That Didn’t Happen: (Toronto) Gonchar to the Leafs
I remember Leaf fans jumping down my throat if I even suggested he was going somewhere else.
Runner Up: (Colorado) Kolzig to Colorado
A lot of people thought this was a for sure thing.
Biggest Surprise Trade: (Montreal) Kovalev for Jozef Balej and a 2nd round pick
I really never saw this coming. This was the biggest shock for me.
Runner Up: (Edmonton) Petr Nedved and Jussi Markkanen for Dwight Helminen, Stephen Valquette and a 2nd round pick
A lot of people wrote Edmonton off for getting a playoff spot.
Best Non-Trade For A Team: (Detroit) Cujo for ?
Detroit is really lucky no one picked up Cujo or they would have been screwed.
Runner Up: (Buffalo) Satan for ?
Only 4 points out of a playoff spot, they need Satan to catch the struggling Islanders.
Best GM’s That Filled Their Teams Needs: (Clarke, Philly)
They needed an experience goalie, they got Burke, they needed defensemen because of injuries, they got Markov and Malakhov, they needed a center because of injuries, and they got Zhamnov.
Runner Up: (Holland, Detroit)
They needed a center, so he went out and got the highest scoring center in NHL at a great price, they needed to keep their future, so he didn’t make any dumb moves at the deadline.
GM’s That Didn’t Fill Their Team Needs: (JFJ, Toronto)
They needed a stay at home defensemen and a backup goalie, and they got a scoring defensemen and a third line center.
Runner Up: (Mad Mike, Islanders)
Needed an experience goaltender to get anywhere in the playoffs or even get to the playoffs, and they didn’t get him.
Biggest Name Traded: (Jagr, Rangers)
12 seasons with 30 or more goals, and a few Art Ross trophies.
Runner Up: (Leetch, Toronto)
89 points in 82 playoff games, and a couple of Norris trophies.
Busiest GM’s: (Lacroix, Colorado)
Made a number of moves before the deadline and at the deadline.
Runner Up: (Clarke, Philly)
Had to keep up with all his teams’ injuries.
GM Under Most Pressure: (JFJ, Toronto)
The whole hockey world was watching this guy.
Runner Up: (Sather, Rangers)
The whole Ranger world wanted his head.
Most Improved Teams In East:
1) Boston- added the best scoring defensemen in the NHL and a very underrated 2nd line center in Nylander. Delmore should add depth on the blueline.
2) Ottawa- added a good playoff scorer in Bondra, and some good grit with De Vries and Simpson.
Toronto- added a hall of fame defensemen, and great playoff experience in Francis.
4) Philly- added experience in Burke, defense depth with Markov and Malakhov, and depth up the middle with Zhamnov.
Most Improved Teams In West:
1) Nashville- added a strong player in Sullivan and some depth with Zholtov and Bombardir.
2) Calgary- added a great goaltender in Kiprusoff, and great character players in Simon, Nilson and Nieminen.
3) Detroit- added the highest scoring center in the league at the time.
4) Vancouver- added to scoring wingers, Sanderson and Rucinsky, which they so desperately needed.