hockey The Worst In-Season NHL Trades Ever Made  

Zachary Benau
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The NHL has had its fair share of deadline deals. While many teams are looking to make a splash at the deadline to help make a push towards a Stanley Cup, other teams are looking to unload players who they may not be able to re-sign in the offseason. Some teams throw in draft picks which may seem insignificant at the time of the deal, but down the road those picks can turn into a player like goalie Ryan Miller. Whatever the case may be, often times trades end up hurting a franchise for years after the deal. Here is a list of 15 of the worst in-season NHL trades ever made (and one could make a case that they are some of the flat out worst NHL trades of all time). Vote up which ones you think are the worst hockey trades imaginable.

Ron Francis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst In-Season NHL Trades Ever Made
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In 1991, the Hartford Whalers traded Ron Francis, Grant Jennings, and Ulf Samuelsson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for John Cullen, Jeff Parker, and Zarley Zalapski. This trade helped the Penguins get their final pieces in place and win two Stanley Cup titles. Francis played over seven seasons in Pittsburgh and averaged more than a point per game.

Cullen was never the leader Francis was for the Whalers, Parker only appeared in four games for the Whalers, while Zalapski struggled with inconsistencies during his time in Hartford.

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Position: Centerman

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Brett Hull is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst In-Season NHL Trades Ever Made
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In 1988, the Calgary Flames traded Brett Hull and Steve Bozek to the St. Louis Blues for Rob Romage and Rick Wamsley. Hull became one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time after his trade to the Blues. In 10 seasons with the Blues, Hull scored 527 goals. 

Calgary won the Stanley Cup in 1989 after the trade, otherwise this trade could be number one on the list if just comparing the numbers.  

Birthplace: Belleville, Canada

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Position: Right wing

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Marián Hossa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst In-Season NHL Trades Ever Made
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In 2008, the Atlanta Thrashers traded Marian Hossa and Pascal Dupuis to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Colby Armstrong, Erik Christenson Angelo Esposito and a first-round draft choice. The Thrashers knew Hossa was an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and were unlikely to re-sign him. The Penguins needed that extra push for the playoffs so they decided to trade for Hossa knowing very well they would just be renting him for the rest of the season. Hossa helped the Penguins reach the Stanley Cup finals before eventually losing to Detroit. Dupuis is still with the Penguins today and remains a crucial part of their team.

Atlanta didn't fare as well in this trade. Armstrong played two plus seasons for the Thrashers scoring a career high 22 goals in 2008-09. Christenson played in just 64 games in two plus seasons with Atlanta. Esposito never made it to the NHL and first-round draft pick Daultan Leveille currently plays for the AHL and has yet to suit up for the Thrashers.       

Birthplace: Stará Ľubovňa, Slovakia

Nationality: Slovakia

Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Position: Right wing

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In 1992, the St. Louis Blues traded Adam Oates to the Boston Bruins for Craig Janney and Stephane Quintal. Oates spent more than five seasons in Boston and continued his trend of being one of the best passers in NHL history. Janney had some productive seasons for the Blues, but nothing compared to what Oates did for the Bruins. Quintal didn't do much for the Blues in his one plus seasons with the team.

Birthplace: Weston, Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Position: Centerman

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#37 on The Best NHL Players of All Time

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