Looking back, the Blues sure made some great deals..
The one that caught me the most off guard is probably the Richards trade.
Doug Armstrong has been a wizard in deals.
D prospect David Rundblad for 16th overall pick (Tarasenko)
The EJ/McClement/Siemens for Shattenkirk/Stewart/Rattie deal.
D prospect David Warsofsky for Vladimir Sobotka
F prospect Aaron Palushaj for Matt D'Agostini
Lee Stempniak for Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo
Lars Eller and Ian Schultz for Jaroslav Halak
Nikita Nikitin for Kris Russell
I think it was pretty clear the Caps were also dealing one of their young goalies but to trade the best of the bunch for futures was definitively surprising. I thought Neuvirth was the one going for sure.
Clearly they didn't view him as the best of the bunch.
Brian Leetch for Jarko Immonen Maxim Kondratiev '04 1st(Lauri Korpikowski) and '05 2nd(Michael Sauer). I was young when this happened but this was the start of the pre-lockout firesale into rebuilding effort for Sather. Every NYR fan knew Sather was cleaning house but no one expected Franchise love Leetch to be traded. If I remember I was crying when this happened. That's how much Leetch meant to the franchise and that's how unexpected it was.
Phanuef, Thorton, Richards and Carter were all kind of rumoured but no one expected them to actually be traded.
Hossa for Heatly as Hossa signed a 6 million a year deal the day before the trade.
Maybe I'm naive...but I really didn't see the Richards trade coming. As a Pens fan, every time we played the Flyers they talked about Richards being the franchise blah blah blah. That one came to a real big shock to me.
Another shock to me was when I was a young kid and hearing Mark Recchi was traded in 92 when the Pens were on their second cup run. A lot of people always picture Mark in a Pens jersey, but truth is... he was only with us for 3 seasons in the early days. I wasn't old enough to understand the significance, but that name was a household name for the Pens fans.
The Heatley for Havlat trade was pretty out of nowhere for me. Many Wild fans knew that Havlat was a little grumpy with the Wild, but I don't think many of us considered the possibility of trading him, yet alone in a one for one swap.
Were the Sharks shopping Heater at all at the time? I don't recall seeing any Heatley trade rumors either. I'm sure they were a little upset at his playoff performance that year but still. . . .
The bigger suprise trade was just a little before at the draft, with the Wild trading Burns to SJ for Seto and Coyle and the pick. If I recall correctly the Det GM was really pissed about that trade happening before he could do something.
As a Wild fan, I was shocked to log onto HF and see Havlat traded for Heatley.
Also the draft day trade of Brent Burns and a 2012 2nd for Setoguchi, Coyle and a 1st (Phillips).
Neither Wild player (Burns or Havlat) were rumored to be on their way out until it happened. I know Havlat and Koivu butted heads but I don't recall ever reading Russo or anyone say the Wild were actively looking to trade him.
The Jets trading Teemu Selanne to the Ducks for Oleg Tverdovsky and Chad Kilger. Such a terrible return for a young superstar. Goes to show you why that team ended up having to relocate. The Jets were a horribly managed team.
This was hardly a shocker or a trade no one saw coming. It was widely reported that the Jets were going to have part ways with Selanne and he was heavily rumored in deals (particularly to Montreal and Chicago, as well as Anaheim) leading up to the eventual trade. It was also not considered a "horrible" return for a young superstar at the time. I remember, shortly after the deal, a General Manager referring to Kilger and Tverdvosky as "a young Messier and Coffey." Obviously, it didn't turn out remotely like that, but both were extremely highly touted prospects.
Originally Posted by Ziggy Stardust
The Hawks trading Jeremy Roenick to Phoenix for Alexei Zhamnov, Craig Mills, and a terrible 1st round pick that ended up being Ty Jones.
Again, this is supposed to be trades nobody saw coming... Roenick was being shopped quite openly for quite a long time so nobody was surprised by this move in the slightest.
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The Phaneuf trade was out of nowhere.. especially for a trade involving Toronto and Calgary
OH yea. That was...insane lol. Love it. Hope you like stajan flames! Awesome guy...horrible player to have with that contract.
Originally Posted by Nuckles37
The most recent shocking trade has to be when Zbynek Michalek was essentially traded for scraps at the draft.
Not a single person saw that coming.
I actually took a guess at this quite a bit when people were asking about the penguins D situation.
Originally Posted by ProstheticConscience
Yeah, what I remember most is that not one of the "experts" in the media even had that one on their radar. Not so much as a blip anywhere.
Also, Hodgson for Kassian and Sulzer for Gragnani were actually separate deals, just to be pedantic. I was fuming about losing Hodgson until I actually saw Kassian play. He was like an escaped mental patient out there. Love the energy, needs to work on control and consistency, but hey, he just turned 21 this year. Blessing in disguise from the lockout is that he gets some extra time to terrorize the AHL for a bit and condition himself better.
Gragnani...well, his problem was just that he was born in the wrong century. In the 1400's or 1500's, he'd have been just the guy to travel around the unexplored world, discover places, and name them after himself. He's just got that kind of spirit. He's the kind of guy who says: "What's over there? Way, way over there?" then goes to find out. Where others may say: "Why?" or "Seriously, why?" or even "What the hell is wrong with you? WHY?!" he says: "Why not?" Danger? Peril? Intricately designed hockey set plays? Merely speed bumps in the road of life to intrepid souls such as his. He'd drop whatever he was doing, sail halfway around the world, discover Hawaii, and name it Gragnaniland. Why? Just because. Sure, his father would say: "Idiot boy, I sent you to the barn for eggs and you return six months later with a sack of macadamia nuts. WTF?!" But to the rest of the world, he'd have nailed his name in the pages of history as the man who discovered Gragnaniland.
Sadly, this adventurous streak didn't serve him terribly well here, as has been documented. His shifts on the Canucks always kept us in suspense waiting to see which retarded place he'd suddenly decide to bugger off to. It'd certainly be nowhere near scrums or nasty bodily contact, that much was always assured, however. Sulzer wasn't any kind of loss because he was buried behind depth...and Aaron Rome, who out idiot coach had a massive hard spot for. I'm glad he worked out well for you guys; good to see him getting an NHL gig after being misused here.
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Originally Posted by Puckgenius
rick nash to NY
Everyone knew that was one of the teams? lol
Personally I think the true shocker in recent times was Mike Richards. I could've seen Carter moved but not Richards, never Richards. I always thought Briere, Hartnell or even JVR would be moved before him, was pretty shocked.
I don't understand how the Phaneuf trade was "out of no where". There were reports leading up to it about locker room issues and how Phaneuf might want out and get traded. Although people didn't know the Leafs would get him, I think a lot of people knew he was being shopped.
People suggesting that Jeff Carter could be traded were being laughed at on this forum, so had anyone ever suggested that both he and Mike Richards could be traded, he/she would have likely been suspended for life from HF Boards.
Not sure if it was rumoured but when I heard these 3 trades, I was in shock.
1)Pronger for Brewer, Woywitka, and Lynch. So happy when Edmonton got one of my fav players. At the time it sucked that they had to give up Woywitka and Lynch as they were 2 of Edmonton's top prospects but getting Pronger was worth it.
hossa for heatley (+devries) was one of the most shocking of the decade.
Came here to say this one.
Originally Posted by jumptheshark
It was no secret that heatley wanted out of Atlanta
It was shocking for Sens fans. We had re-signed Hossa to a three year, $18M contract, and then he got traded to Atlanta the same ****ing day.
I also came here to nominate the Ryan Smyth trade. For me, at least. I knew they were a few hundred thousand dollars off on the negotiations, and that he was one of the guys who could be moved. Stayed glued to TSN til around 3:30, didn't look like he was going anywhere so I turned it off. Had hockey that night and heard about it from a teammate. Must've missed the trade announcement by a few minutes.
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