It's Ducks gameday, and since we're playing the Dallas Stars and everything that could have been said about them has already been said (and because I'll have two more times this week to talk about them as we play them three times in a row), I decided maybe we should talk about trades a bit. The trade deadline is only a couple days away, so why not?
If that sounds boring, maybe you should go and read my article from yesterday instead, in which I make fun of Midwesterners. It was really good.
Megalodon did a similar article last week in which he looked at Sharks' GM Doug Wilson's bad moves, so I'm just stealing this idea from him. Most of my ideas are stolen, so Meg should feel good that at least this time I'm crediting someone with their ideas.
I certainly am not going to go over every Bob Murray trade here. There have been a lot over the years, and not all of them have been of enough significance to talk about. I'd mainly like to talk about the ones that stick in my head as being controversial at the time. I guarantee you I'm overlooking something major, so I apologize in advance. You can bring those up in the comments.
I'll list them all here, and you can vote for which one was "the worst" in the poll at the bottom of the article.
- Chris Kunitz and Eric Tancredi for Ryan Whitney
Remember how well Ryan Whitney worked out for us?
- Sammy Pahlsson and Petri Kontiola for James Wisniewski and Logan Stephenson.
I sure miss me some Pahlsson.
- Travis Moen and Kent Huskins for Nick Bonino, Timo Pielmeier and a conditional 4th round pick.
Looking at it in 2013, getting Bonino is probably a much better deal than we thought it was back then. Sorry, Moen.
- Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle for Luca Sbisa, Joffrey Lupul, 2009 1st round pick (#21 - John Moore), 2010 1st round pick (#29 - Emerson Etem), conditional 3rd round pick.
At the time, it seemed like a big reason we gave up Pronger was to be able to afford Giguere's contract. So when Jiggy later tanked and we ended up losing him too, this looked even worse. Though looking at where Pronger is now, this was a steal. Obviously Pronger's fate couldn't have been predicted (and I guess he could potentially never have been injured if he stayed with the Ducks), but I sure feel a lot different today than I did back then.
- Drew Miller and a 3rd round pick for Evgeny Artyukhin
- Jean-Sebastien Giguere for Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake
At the time, some people didn't trust an untested Jonas Hiller over a shaky Giguere.
- Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner and a conditional 4th round pick for Francois Beauchemin
The reaction was certainly mixed here. But now looking back: Did we overpay? Did the loss of Gardiner really have any impact on Justin Schultz's decision? Beauchemin has been phenomenal this year, does that play in to your hindsight opinion of this trade?