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01-24-2013, 02:14 PM
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Dave Babych for Ray Neufeld.

Jets GM Ferguson was looking for a "power forward" or at least somebody who could fight and play better than Jimmy Mann (a huge squandered pick back in 79). He traded Babych, the 2nd pick overall in '80, who was entering his prime. Babych was expendable because of the Jets recent acquisition of Randy Carlye. Ferguson thought his D had depth.

But Neufeld had hands of stone, couldn't score much even playing with Hawerchuck. He never scored more than 20 goals. He was done in a few years. Babych became an important piece of the Whalers' late 80's renaissance, and went on to enjoy playing time with the Canucks and Flyers. He was in the league for almost 20 years.

After a 96 point season in 84-85, the Jets were .500 when they traded Babych. They immediately went on a multiple game losing streak. Shortly after the trade they visited Hartford... and got hammered 7-1 (IRC).

The chemistry and confidence of the team was destroyed by this trade. Coach of the year Barry Long was soon out of a job and the Jets (thought to be team on the rise) finished with 40 less points tha the year before. They were swept in the first round by Calgary, an outfit they had beaten previously in the playoffs.

Yeah, I'm still bitter.

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