I don't get how the Turgeon trade merely comes in at number 9. That was such a franchise crippling move. Trading away an elite center scoring center and a selke-caliber center for a 3rd line grinder was just such a joke of a trade.
The Blues became instant contenders and we became an instant joke.
You might be remembering the particulars incorrectly, since Nolan was traded in October of 1995, and the Red Wings thrashing of Roy happened December 2, 1995. I'd be surprised if there was very much negotiating at all, since the trade occurred 4 days later.
I'm sure there tons of negotiations.
Just like how the Cammelleri trade negotiations just happened to culminate 24 hours after his comments and during the intermission of a game he was playing in, for a player who was currently suspended.
The McDonagh-for-Gomez trade should rank higher IMO.
Not only is McDonagh a world class defenseman who will be in the running for future Norris Trophies, but the fact that Montreal took back Gomez is a disgrace in itself.
Looking at it today, McDonagh and Subban could potentially form the BEST defense tandem in the NHL, even ahead of Keith-Seabrook. And swap McDonagh from the Rangers to the Canadiens today and there's a good chance we're watching a Kings-Habs repeat of the 1992-93 Cup Finals.