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01-16-2010, 03:20 PM
Big Phil
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50 posts and no one mentioned Phil Esposito?

To Boston: Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield
To Chicago: Pit Martin, Gilles Marotte and Jack Norris

Say what you want but Norris never played a game in the NHL, Marotte can best be described as a serviceable defenseman and Martin was a 70 point guy, not bad.

But on the other end Hodge had two 100 point seasons, Stanfield was a steady 70 point man and Esposito won 5 Art Ross Trophies, two MVPs, and two Cups (which both the others won too).

That alone can arguably be the worst trade of all time based on the results. You would probably easily take Hodge and Stanfield alone vs. Martin and Marotte and considering Norris never played in the NHL essentially the Hawks spoon fed a top 15-20 player of all time to Boston for free!

That would rank up as lopsided as any trade in the history of the game and the Hawks wonder why 1961 is their last Cup.

Ironically Hodge, when at the end of his career was traded for a then young Rick Middleton straight up. Hodge played one more NHL season in New York while Middleton had a borderline HHOF career in Boston. But that isn't as lopsided as the Esposito 1967 trade or even others on this list

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