Newspaper article The Canadian Press

There Are Always Winners and Losers When NHL Trades Are Made, but Some Stand Out

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

There Are Always Winners and Losers When NHL Trades Are Made, but Some Stand Out

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Brett Hull trade tops winner-loser list


The Calgary Flames have pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade, sending captain Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for two prospects and a first-round draft pick. While we won't know how that trade pans out for a while, here is a look at some significant deals over the years that ended up being pretty one-sided:

Calgary trades Brett Hull: In March 1988, the Flames traded Hull and Steve Bozek to the St. Louis Blues. In exchange, they received defenceman Rob Ramage and goalie Rick Wamsley. Ramage did help the Flames win their only Stanley Cup in 1989 with 12 points in 20 playoff games but Wamsley played a little over three seasons as a backup netminder. Hull, however, went on to score 527 goals for the Blues and write his name in the NHL record books beside that of his father, Bobby Hull. Brett also won the Hart Trophy in 1991 as the NHL's most valuable player. The Flames couldn't plead ignorance -- Hull had already scored 50 points in just 52 games for them in the 1987-88 season. The edge on this one clearly went to St. Louis.

Edmonton trades Wayne Gretzky: Ever eager to win the battle of Alberta, Edmonton gets two deals on the list. While you can argue there was no attempt to come out a winner in 1988 -- it appeared to be all about the money for a cash-strapped owner -- the deal itself set the stage for Edmonton's decline as a hockey power. The Oilers traded Gretzky, Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley (they were part of the deal at Gretzky's request) to the Los Angeles Kings. Edmonton got that $15 million in cash owner Peter Pocklington needed plus Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas and three first-round draft choices. The Kings and NHL benefited from the higher profile Gretzky created for the sport south of the border but Pocklington was burned in effigy by angry fans.

Edmonton trades Mark Messier: The coup de grace for a dynasty that won five Stanley Cups in seven years was delivered after the Oilers won what would be their last Stanley Cup in 1990. …

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