The Worst NHL Trades In The Past 20 Years

Recently, a report came out that the Boston Bruins were considering trading David Pastrnak. As we all know trading away young talent is a big skill of the Boston Bruins and giving up on young players is always a good idea. With this recent development we’re gonna look at some of the worst trades in the NHL’s recent history.

5. Roberto Luongo, Lucas Krajicek and a 6th round pick to Vancouver – Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld and Bryan Allen to Florida

This was an absolute steal for Vancouver and the results showed in their favor. Roberto Luongo went on to be an absolute workhorse for the Canucks and lead them to a Stanley Cup Final birth in 2011. Bertuzzi the biggest piece in this deal played 7 games for Florida before being dealt to the Red Wings for Shawn Matthias and a couple draft picks.

4. Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Michael Busto to Montreal – Chris Higgins, Pavel Valentenko, Ryan McDonagh and Doug Janik to New York Rangers

As Bruins fan this is one of my favorite trades of all time. I couldn’t imagine that Canadiens defense if you throw McDonagh on that squad it would be scary. Gomez was an underperforming star and the Rangers were seeking to shake up their roster and dump some of his contract. The Canadiens saw an opportunity to get a playmaking center which they are still searching for. McDonagh of course became a top tier defenseman who is also signed to a great contract its easy to see The Rangers won this trade, especially since Gomez was bought out after the 2012 season.

3. Joe Thornton to San Jose – Wayne Primeau, Marco Sturm and Brad Stuart to Boston

Both teams were in need of a shake up because of their terrible seasons. The Bruins decided it would be a good idea to trade one of the best playmakers of all time for a couple of pieces. If you’ve lived under a rock all your life Joe Thornton is very good and he’s still pretty good. Marco Sturm had a slew of consistent seasons putting up 20 goals but nowhere near the production Thornton could have provided. Thornton leads the Sharks in all-time assists and is second all-time in points.

2. Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverly and Ryan Button to Dallas – Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith to Boston

Yeah this trade blows. Tyler Seguin is an absolute stud which, suprises no one because he showed flashes of brilliance in Boston. Yes this was apparently a character move because Seguin had off-ice issues but still this is awful. The Bruins have nothing left to show from this trade as they recently bought out Jimmy Hayes. So let’s look at some numbers Tyler Seguin in his past four seasons in Dallas 306 points. But don’t worry the Bruins got three seasons from Erikkson at 147 points, two seasons of Reilly Smith at 91 points. That seems like a brilliant trade.

1. Eric Lindros to Philadelphia – Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Steve Simon, two draft picks and $15 million to Quebec

Alright compared to the rest of this list this trade is a little older but I’m talking about it anyways. I hate this trade so much, and I kind of hate Lindros for being a whiny bitch about this. Essentially Lindros was drafted first overall by the Nordiques but refused to sign with the Nordiques because he didn’t want to play there. Then the Nordiques sought to deal him away and the Flyers came calling. Surprisingly giving up your entire team to acquire a number 1 pick didn’t work out too well for the Flyers. Although, Lindros was an absolute stud and is a hall of famer he never brought the Cup to Philly. On the other hand the Quebec Nordiques, who eventually became the Colorado Avalanche, took their haul from this trade and turned in a Stanley Cup winning season in 1996 and again in 2001.

Written By: Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)

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