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
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
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
Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Position: Right wing
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In 1996, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Markus Naslund to the Vancouver Canucks for Alex Stojanov. Stojanov played 45 games for the Penguins, scoring one goal. While Naslund went on to become Vancouver's all-time leading goal scorer with 346 goals.
Birthplace: Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
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