Worst trades ever

This article is about the worst trades ever. And I suppose waiver transactions can be included as well. Major screw ups by GM’s, that they really wish they hadn’t done now. What do you people think are the worst trades ever? Here’s my list (Not in any order).

Note. trades in the 70’s and 80’s are before my time, so this only 90’s and the present. But feel free to post them.

New York Islanders traded Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and 3rd round selection (Jarkko Ruutu) in 1998 to the Vancouver Canucks for Trevor Linden.

Pittsburgh Penguins traded Markus Naslund to the Vancouver Canucks for Alek Stojanov.

Philadelphia Flyers traded Ron Hextall, Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, 1st round selection (Jocelyn Thibault) in 1993, 1st round selection (later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, later traded to the Washington Capitals – Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 and cash to the Quebec Nordiques for Eric Lindros.

Montreal Canadiens traded Vincent Damphousse to the San Jose Sharks for 5th round selection (previously acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes – Marc-Andre Thinel) in 1999, 2nd round selection in 2000 and future considerations.

Montreal Canadiens traded Pierre Turgeon, Rory Fitzpatrick and Craig Conroy to the St. Louis Blues for Murray Baron, Shayne Corson and a 5th round selection(Gennady Razin).

Los Angeles Kings traded Darryl Sydor and 5th round selection (Ryan Christie) in 1996 to the Dallas Stars for Shane Churla and Doug Zmolek.

Chicago Blackhawks traded Chris Chelios to the Detroit Red Wings for Anders Eriksson and 1st round selection (Steve McCarthy) in 1999 and 1st round selection in 2001.

Toronto Maple Leafs traded Fredrik Modin to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Cory Cross and 7th round selection in 2001.

Tampa Bay Lightining traded Adrian Aucoin and Alex Karitonov to the New York Islanders for Mathieu Biron and a second round selection in the 2001 entry draft.

Montreal Canadiens traded Mark Recchi to the Philadelphia Flyers Dainius Zubrus and the option of either taking the Flyers’ 2nd round selection in the 1999 or 2000 draft or the New York Islanders’ 2nd round selection in the 2000 draft

Toronto Maple Leafs traded Jason Smith to the Edmonton Oilers for 4th round selection (Jonathon Zion) in 1999 and 2nd round selection in 2000.

New York Islanders traded Tommy Salo to the EdmontonOilers for Mats Lindgren and 8th round selection (Radek Martinek) in 1999.

Honorable mentions to Jaromir Jagr and Pavel Bure trades. But I can understand that they were bad because of the high salaries. However the prospects might develop yet so we don’t really know.


Toronto Maple Leafs placed Steve Sullian on waivers (later to be claimed by Chicago)

Edmonton Oilers placed Ray Whitney on waivers (later to be claimed by Florida)

Ney York Islanders placed Martin Straka on waiver (claimed by Florida)

Boston Bruins placed Robert Lang on waivers (claimed by Pittsbourgh, who had just lost him in waiver draft)

What do you people think? Any more to add?