With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching and teams frantically trying to position themselves for the postseason, the possibility of a disastrous trade increases every day. For instance, in their panic last season the New Jersey Devils gave up Johnny Oduya, two young, first-round prospects in Niclas Bergfors and Patrice Cormier, and their first two draft choices to the Atlanta Thrashers to rent Ilya Kovalchuk for 27 games. The Devils re-signed Kovy, but that trade could easily mark the turning point for two franchises that were previously headed in different directions.
What can be learned from the NHL's vast history that can help reduce the chances of lopsided deals? Using GVT we can compare players of all types, and across all different eras, helping us find the five most lopsided deals of the post-expansion era.
The deal: Chicago Blackhawks trade Dominik Hasek to the Buffalo Sabres for Stephane Beauregard and future considerations