Ranking the NHL’s Biggest Trade Coups of the Past Decade

February 4th, 2016 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »
Good trades can make a world of difference for an NHL franchise, and each of the 30 general managers in the league is looking to do just that as the Feb. 29 deadline approaches.

Not all GMs are going to be able to give their teams a chance to compete this spring, but even the sellers will be looking to load up for the future if they can find a team willing to part with some nice pieces in exchange for a chance at glory.

On the subject of wheeling and dealing, we're using this space to rank the biggest scores of the last decade of negotiating in the NHL. We're looking at deadline deals, draft-day swaps, offseason and midseason moves as equally eligible—with criteria for the rankings including immediate impact, long-term influence and, of course, championship conclusions.

Outside the window and setting the stage for the last decade were the blockbuster deals in 2005 involving Chris Pronger to the Edmonton Oilers, Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks, and Patrick Sharp to the Chicago Blackhawks—all huge deals with massive impact.

We're also not including some of this past calendar year's strong additions, such as the recent ar ...

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