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NHL Deadline Deals Struck Through the Years

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The NHL Trading Deadline is set for this Tuesday, March 19 and like every March in the recent past, the rumor mills are churning around NHL circles. Below is a look at some of the major deals struck on or around this greatly anticipated day over the last 20 years, including the 1994 trades that brought Glenn Anderson (right), Craig MacTavish, Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan to the Rangers enroute to the Stanley Cup.

March 10, 1980 – New York Islanders obtain C BUTCH GORING from Los Angeles for RW BILLY HARRIS and D DAVE LEWIS (trade completed one day before the deadline) -- Harris was the first player drafted in Islanders' history and had been with the club since its inaugural season, 1972-73. Lewis had been a steady presence on the Islanders blue line for seven seasons. With Goring, the Islanders went undefeated their last 12 regular-season games (8-0-4) and went on to capture their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

March 11, 1986 – Calgary Flames obtain LW JOHN TONELLI from New York Islanders for D STEVE KONROYD and LW RICHARD KROMM -- Tonelli was a veteran of the Islanders' four consecutive Stanley Cup championships from 1980 through 1983 and had set a career high with 100 points in 1984-85. Kromm, 21, and Konroyd, 25, were young prospects. Tonelli recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 22 playoff games, including a six-game point streak to start the post-season, as the Flames reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history before falling to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.

March 8, 1988 – Edmonton Oilers obtain LW GEOFF COURTNALL, G BILL RANFORD and future considerations from Boston for G ANDY MOOG -- The dividend for both clubs peaked two years later, when goaltenders Ranford and Moog backstopped their respective clubs to the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers captured the series in five games for their fifth Stanley Cup in seven seasons. Ranford was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP, posting a 16-6 record and 2.53 goals-against average. Moog posted outstanding numbers as well – 13-7, 2.21.

March 4, 1991 – Pittsburgh Penguins obtain C RON FRANCIS, D GRANT JENNINGS and D ULF SAMUELSSON from Hartford for C JOHN CULLEN, RW JEFF PARKER and D ZARLEY ZALAPSKI (trade completed one day before the trading deadline) -- The Penguins went on to capture the 1991 Stanley Cup, the first championship in franchise history. Francis played in Pittsburgh for eight seasons, posting 100 points in 97 post-season games.

March 22, 1993 – (1) Penguins obtain D PETER TAGLIANETTI from Tampa Bay for Pittsburgh's third-round choice in 1993 Entry Draft (later traded to Florida – Florida selected C STEVE WASHBURN). (2) Penguins obtain D MIKE RAMSEY from Buffalo for LW BOB ERREY -- The Penguins, in quest of a third consecutive Stanley Cup, bolstered their defense by acquiring veterans Taglianetti and Ramsey. Their drive was thwarted by a determined New York Islanders team in the Patrick Division Final; the series was decided by a David Volek goal in overtime of Game Seven at Pittsburgh.

March 21, 1994 – New York Rangers obtain: (1) LW STEPHANE MATTEAU and RW BRIAN NOONAN from Chicago for RW TONY AMONTE and the rights to LW MATT OATES. (2) RW GLENN ANDERSON, the rights to D SCOTT MALONE and Toronto's fourth-round pick in 1994 Entry Draft (D ALEXANDER KOROBOLIN) from Toronto for RW MIKE GARTNER. (3) C CRAIG MacTAVISH from Edmonton for C TODD MARCHANT. Vancouver Canucks obtain D JEFF BROWN, D BRET HEDICAN and C NATHAN LaFAYETTE from St. Louis for C CRAIG JANNEY -- The Rangers, on their way to capturing the Presidents' Trophy as the club with the League's best regular-season record, acquired four players at the trade deadline and went on to win their first Stanley Cup since 1940. New arrivals Matteau, Noonan, Anderson and MacTavish all had important roles in the Rangers' Cup triumph.

The Canucks significantly upgraded their defense with the acquisition of Brown and Hedican, advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history.

March 16, 1996 – Florida Panthers obtain RW RAY SHEPPARD and San Jose's fourth-round pick in the 1996 Entry Draft (D JOEY TETARENKO) from San Jose for Florida's second-round (later traded to Chicago – Chicago selected C GEOFF PETERS) and fourth-round (RW MATT BRADLEY) choices in 1996 Entry Draft (trade completed four days before the trading deadline) -- The Panthers, in just their third NHL season, added scoring punch with Sheppard, a former 50-goal scorer. He scored eight goals in 14 games, helping the club make the playoffs for the first time, and was Florida's second-leading scorer during its run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

March 18, 1997 – Detroit Red Wings obtain D LARRY MURPHY from Toronto for future considerations -- Murphy appeared in all 20 playoff games for Detroit, recording 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and led the League in plus-minus (+16) as the Red Wings captured their first Stanley Cup since 1955.

March 23, 1999 -- Detroit Red Wings obtain D CHRIS CHELIOS from Chicago for a first-round choice in 1999 (STEVE McCARTHY) and 2001 -- In a bid for their third consecutive Stanley Cup, the Red Wings acquired nine-time All-Star Chelios from division rival Chicago. In separate transactions, the Red Wings also acquired veteran defenseman Ulf Samuelsson from the New York Rangers and forward Wendel Clark from Tampa Bay. All told, the Red Wings added 45 years of NHL experience to their already seasoned roster. Despite the blockbuster moves, the Red Wings were ousted by Colorado in the Western Conference Semifinals.

March 6, 2000 – Colorado Avalanche obtain D RAY BOURQUE and DAVE ANDREYCHUK from Boston for LW BRIAN ROLSTON, C SAMUEL PAHLSSON, D MARTIN GRENIER and a first-round choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (RW MARTIN SAMUELSSON)-- (trade completed eight days before the trading deadline) -- In an effort to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1996, Colorado traded for one of the NHL's greatest defensemen. Bourque recorded 14 points in 14 games as the Avalanche finished the season 12-2-1 in the 15 games after the trade and won its sixth consecutive division title. The Avalanche qualified for the Western Conference Finals for the second consecutive year, falling one game short of the Stanley Cup Finals.

March 14, 2000 – New Jersey Devils obtain RW ALEXANDER MOGILNY from Vancouver for C BRENDAN MORRISON and C DENIS PEDERSON -- Mogilny added to the offensive powerhouse that led the Eastern Conference in goals with 251. Although he tallied just three goals and three assists in 12 regular-season games and four goals and three assists in the playoffs, Mogilny's presence helped free other players en route to the team's second Stanley Cup.

March 12, 2001 -- Pittsburgh Penguins obtain G JOHAN HEDBERG and BOBBY DOLLAS from San Jose for JEFF NORTON -- Hedberg appeared in only nine career NHL games before starting all 18 Penguins games en route to the Eastern Conference Finals. He posted a 2.30 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and a 9-9 record. Hedberg, keeping the goaltender mask he wore while with the IHL's Manitoba Moose, quickly became a favorite of Pittsburgh fans, who chanted "Moose" after his saves. Although Hedberg allowed three goals or fewer in 14 of 18 playoff games, Pittsburgh was eliminated in the Conference Finals, 4-1, by the New Jersey Devils.


March 10, 1980 – Los Angeles Kings obtain D JERRY KORAB from Buffalo for Los Angeles' first-round choice in 1982 Entry Draft (D PHIL HOUSLEY) -- trade completed one day before the trading deadline -- The Kings received 10-year veteran Korab, who had been a mainstay on the Sabres clubs that contended for the Stanley Cup in the mid 1970's. The Sabres used the future first-round draft pick to select Housley out of St. Paul South (MN) High School. Housley played eight seasons in a Sabres uniform, tallying 60-plus points in each season.

March 10, 1981 – Los Angeles Kings obtain LW RICK MARTIN from Buffalo for Los Angeles' third-round choice in 1981 Entry Draft (D COLIN CHISHOLM) and 1st-round choice in the 1983 Entry Draft (G TOM BARRASSO) -- The Kings received Martin, who posted eight seasons of 30-or-more goals and was a member of the Sabres' famous "French Connection" line with Gilbert Pereault and Rene Robert. Buffalo used the future first-round draft pick to select another high school phenom, goaltender Tom Barrasso of Acton-Boxboro (MA).

March 5, 1984 – Winnipeg Jets obtain D RANDY CARLYLE from Pittsburgh for Winnipeg's first-round choice in 1984 Entry Draft (D DOUG BODGER) and future considerations (D MOE MANTHA) – (trade completed one day before trading deadline) -- The Jets obtained Carlyle, an eight-year veteran who had captured the Norris Trophy as the League's outstanding defenseman in 1981. He spent the next 10 seasons with the Jets before retiring after the 1992-93 season. Bodger, selected by the Penguins ninth overall, played five seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to Buffalo in November, 1988.

March 10, 1987 – New York Rangers obtain C MARCEL DIONNE, LW JEFF CROSSMAN and Los Angeles' third-round choice in 1989 Entry Draft (later traded to Minnesota – Minnesota selected C MURRAY GARBUTT) from Los Angeles for C BOB CARPENTER and D TOM LAIDLAW -- Dionne, the center of the Kings' famous "Triple Crown" line, left Los Angeles as the club's all-time leading scorer. Carpenter, acquired by the Rangers earlier in the season, was the first U.S.-born player to record 50 goals in a season, in 1984-85 with the Washington Capitals.

March 7, 1989 – Washington Capitals obtain RW DINO CICCARELLI and D BOB ROUSE from Minnesota for RW MIKE GARTNER and D LARRY MURPHY -- A trade involving star players and fan favorites. Ciccarelli was in his ninth season with Minnesota, scoring 40-or-more goals four times. Gartner and Murphy were in their 10th and sixth seasons with Washington, respectively, and had posted big offensive numbers, as well.

March 6, 1990 – New Jersey Devils obtain C PETER STASTNY from Quebec for D CRAIG WOLANIN and future considerations (D RANDY VELISCHEK) -- Stastny, who left Quebec after 10 seasons in a Nordiques uniform, had teamed with left wing Michel Goulet to form one of the most successful forward combinations in the 1980's. Stastny and Goulet were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998.

April 5, 1995 – Montreal Canadiens obtain C PIERRE TURGEON and D VLADIMIR MALAKHOV from the New York Islanders for C KIRK MULLER, D MATHIEU SCHNEIDER and C CRAIG DARBY (trade completed two days before the trading deadline) -- Turgeon and Malakhov had starred for the Islanders during their 1993 run to the Conference Finals, while Muller and Schneider were integral parts of Montreal's Stanley Cup-winning team that same season.

March 24, 1998 – Dallas Stars obtain C BRIAN SKRUDLAND, RW MIKE KEANE and New York Rangers' sixth-round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft (C PAVEL PATERA) from New York Rangers for RW TODD HARVEY, LW BOB ERREY and Dallas' fourth-round pick in 1998 Entry Draft (LW BOYD KANE) -- The Stars, en route to capturing their first Presidents' Trophy, welcomed Skrudland and Keane, both with Stanley Cup rings, while the Rangers received one of hockey's promising young players in Harvey.

March 10, 2000 – Buffalo Sabres obtain C DOUG GILMOUR, RW J.P. DUMONT and a conditional draft pick in 2001 or 2002 from Chicago for LW MICHAL GROSEK (trade completed four days before the trading deadline) -- On the outside of the playoff race looking in with 13 games remaining in the regular season, Buffalo acquired 16-year veteran Doug Gilmour and the young J.P. Dumont to help with the stretch drive. Gilmour tallied three goals and 14 assists and the Sabres went 8-2-1-2 to clinch the eighth seed for the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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