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.