Eric Staal

5 Worst NHL Trade Deadline Deals in Recent Memory

We've entered February which means that the NHL Trade Deadline is just a few weeks away. Each deadline has it's fair amount of regrettable deals but none trump these five trades from the past ten years. Sometimes it's best just to hang up the phone.

5. Rick Nash to Boston

The Boston Bruins paid a ton for Rick Nash in last year's trade deadline. The Rangers sent Nash to the Bruins for a first-round pick (used to trade up for K'Andre Miller), Ryan Lindgren, Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner. Nash suited up for only a handful of games for the Bruins due to concussion issues. Nash hardly helped them in their run for the Stanley Cup last year yet he cost them quite the premium. 

4. Dustin Penner to Los Angeles

Dustin "Pancakes" Penner made himself quite the career with the Kings but not before he was dealt to LA from the Edmonton Oilers for Colten Tuebert, a 2012 third-round pick and a 2011 first-round pick that would eventually turn into Oscar Klefbom. Even during the Kings success in the mid-2010s, trading away that much for a mediocre forward is quite the lopsided deal. 

3. Eric Staal to New York

The New York Rangers went all-in when they traded for Eric Staal in 2016. The Rangers sent two second-round picks and promising prospect Aleksi Saarela for the aging forward. Staal would go on to score just six points in 20 games for the Rangers then contributed zero points in the Rangers poor performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Playoffs. 

2. Kevin Shattenkirk to Washington

Kevin Shattenkirk infamously took his talents to Washington only to leave in free agency a few months later. The Capitals shook up the NHL by dealing away Zach Sanford, Brad Malone, a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2019 second-round pick. The Blues would then ship that first-round pick in part of the Brayden Schenn trade while the Capitals watched their playoff woes continue and Shattenkirk leave in free agency for the New York Rangers. 

1. Filip Forsberg for Martin Erat

Perhaps the worst trade in recent history came at the hands of the Washington Capitals amidst their Playoff frustrations. In 2013, they acquired Michael Latta and Martin Erat from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Filip Forsberg, who was a somewhat unknown prospect at the time. However, Forsberg has developed into a top talent in the NHL whereas Erat would score just two goals for the Capitals before being dealt once again to the Coyotes. The Capitals could have been looking at a forward core of Forsberg, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Ovechkin, and Evgeny Kuznetsov, but instead watched Erat tumble towards irrelevancy before he retired in 2015.