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In recent history, I would say the best trade has been the Garon for Bonk/Huet, and easily the the worst trade has been Ribs for Niinimaa, Riberio is 2nd on the stars in points (34) and has a plus 4.... Koivu is what, minus 15? Worst trade since Roy for, ummm I forget..

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In total our best trade must have been Dryden and Alex Campbell from Boston for Guy Allen and Paul Reid. (0 NHL-games in total for those two)

And I wouldn't call the Ribs-Niinimaa trade one of the worse in recent history, I mean what did he contribute with to our squad?

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Best....Ernie Hicke to California Golden Seals for 1971 first round draft choice>(Guy Lafleur)

....it was a no brainer,Pollock knew how good Lafleur was...he also knew the Seals were destined to finish last in the NHL...and he was smart enough to make sure the Seals did finished last in the league.

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In somewhat recent history (90's till now)

Bad:

Montreal Canadiens traded Eric Desjardins, Gilbert Dionne and John LeClair to the Philadelphia Flyers for Mark Recchi and 3rd round selection (Martin Hohenberger) in 1995.

I didn't like that one at all. Don't get me wrong, I like Recchi, but giving up Leclair and Desjardins was a big mistake.

Montreal Canadiens traded Craig Darby, Kirk Muller and Mathieu Schneider to the New York Islanders for Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov.

LOL. When i was very young Kirk Muller was my favourite player. He got traded when i was like 9 years old... My heart was broken!!! No not just broken, SHATTERED!!!

Good trade:

Montreal Canadiens traded Vladimir Malakhov to the New Jersey Devils for Sheldon Souray, Josh Dewolf and a 2nd round selection (later traded to Washington, later traded to Tampa Bay - Andreas Holmqvist) in 2001.

Not too bad. Now Souray's leading the Habs in goals.

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Montreal Canadiens traded Craig Darby, Kirk Muller and Mathieu Schneider to the New York Islanders for Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov.

LOL. When i was very young Kirk Muller was my favourite player. He got traded when i was like 9 years old... My heart was broken!!! No not just broken, SHATTERED!!!

I was in the same boat there :D

Still have my Captain Kirk poster, all raggy looking. I was happy to see him come to the coaching staff.

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Best....Ernie Hicke to California Golden Seals for 1971 first round draft choice>(Guy Lafleur)

....it was a no brainer,Pollock knew how good Lafleur was...he also knew the Seals were destined to finish last in the NHL...and he was smart enough to make sure the Seals did finished last in the league.

I think it's really interesting how the league has changed now, Its really difficult for a GM to pull that kind of manuver nowadays I would think

And how about Mike Johnson for a 4th rounder (I think?) maybe not best ever, but could be the best trade this year depending on how february 27th turns out

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Best....Ernie Hicke to California Golden Seals for 1971 first round draft choice>(Guy Lafleur)

....it was a no brainer,Pollock knew how good Lafleur was...he also knew the Seals were destined to finish last in the NHL...and he was smart enough to make sure the Seals did finished last in the league.

i thought it was ralph backsrom to la kings to get Guy. i liked getting the big m for mickey redmond

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i thought it was ralph backsrom to la kings to get Guy. i liked getting the big m for mickey redmond

They traded him to the Kings later in the season because it looked like LA were going to finish last which would've meant that they would get the 1st overall pick instead of Oakland. So to make LA a better team and finish ahead of Oakland, Montreal traded Backstrom to LA for players who never ended up playing a game for Montreal. The trade with Oakland was seperate.

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worst:

ribs for niinima...i wonder if ribeiro and samsonov would have worked out...

best:

i hated to see him go...but probably garon for huet/bonk

although....

the theo for aebi trade really saved us...aebi is playing great...and theo still sux...

or....

the (i think) ward...and beliej...for kovalev....haha....i love that one....

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easily the the worst trade has been Ribs for Niinimaa, Riberio is 2nd on the stars in points (34) and has a plus 4....

When the Habs got rid of Ribs it was not a case where we wanted to get rid of player in return for another. We know Ribs will produce 50-60 points a year. But it was what he was doing off the ice that made him get sent off to Dallas. His involvement with the 3 amigos and his immature behaviour was just to much for the habs to handle.

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They traded him to the Kings later in the season because it looked like LA were going to finish last which would've meant that they would get the 1st overall pick instead of Oakland. So to make LA a better team and finish ahead of Oakland, Montreal traded Backstrom to LA for players who never ended up playing a game for Montreal. The trade with Oakland was seperate.

Yep sam Pollock was one smart cookie... he literally gave Backstrom to LA for nothing... and by doing so ensued Lafleur would end up with the Habs....very smart man.

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Hmm... I could make a laundry list of bad trades from the mid-90s onward...

Gilbert Dionne, John Leclair, and Eric Desjardins to Philadelphia for Mark Recchi in 1995. And then Recchi goes back to Philadelphia in 1999 for Dainius Zubrus.

The mother of them all in Dec 1995: Mike Keane and Patrick Roy for Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Rucinsky, and Jocelyn Thibault

96-97 Pierre Turgeon to St. Louis for Shayne Corson

Stephane Richer and Darcy Tucker to Tampa Bay for Mick Vukota (who?), Patrick Poulin (who, again?), and Igor Ulanov (who, one more time?) in 98

How about Vinny Damphousse to San Jose for two later round draft picks in March 99?

Eric Weinrich for Patrick Traverse in 2001.

Jeff Hackett to San Jose for Niklas Sundstrom in 2003.

Those are some pretty bad trades by the Habs... just to name a few :D

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In somewhat recent history (90's till now)

Bad:

Montreal Canadiens traded Eric Desjardins, Gilbert Dionne and John LeClair to the Philadelphia Flyers for Mark Recchi and 3rd round selection (Martin Hohenberger) in 1995.

I didn't like that one at all. Don't get me wrong, I like Recchi, but giving up Leclair and Desjardins was a big mistake.

Montreal Canadiens traded Craig Darby, Kirk Muller and Mathieu Schneider to the New York Islanders for Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov.

LOL. When i was very young Kirk Muller was my favourite player. He got traded when i was like 9 years old... My heart was broken!!! No not just broken, SHATTERED!!!

Good trade:

Montreal Canadiens traded Vladimir Malakhov to the New Jersey Devils for Sheldon Souray, Josh Dewolf and a 2nd round selection (later traded to Washington, later traded to Tampa Bay - Andreas Holmqvist) in 2001.

Not too bad. Now Souray's leading the Habs in goals.

THANK YOU!!! finally some1 who agrees that the Recchi trade was worthless

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In total our best trade must have been Dryden and Alex Campbell from Boston for Guy Allen and Paul Reid. (0 NHL-games in total for those two)

And I wouldn't call the Ribs-Niinimaa trade one of the worse in recent history, I mean what did he contribute with to our squad?

Agree with the Dryden trade (the best)

The worst trade - Patrick Roy!!! (They should have fired the coach)

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In somewhat recent history (90's till now)

Bad:

Montreal Canadiens traded Craig Darby, Kirk Muller and Mathieu Schneider to the New York Islanders for Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov.

LOL. When i was very young Kirk Muller was my favourite player. He got traded when i was like 9 years old... My heart was broken!!! No not just broken, SHATTERED!!!

Good trade:

Montreal Canadiens traded Vladimir Malakhov to the New Jersey Devils for Sheldon Souray, Josh Dewolf and a 2nd round selection (later traded to Washington, later traded to Tampa Bay - Andreas Holmqvist) in 2001.

Not too bad. Now Souray's leading the Habs in goals.

Its funny you call the muller trade bad...but like the souray trade - which likely woulddnt have happened without the first :)

I loved muller & what he did here, but I think the muller/schneider for turgeon/malakhov was one of the best deals we saw in the 90s. Muller was winding down his career & Turgeon was in his prime. Had he stayed (the trade that sent him off for corson & spare parts was horrendous, as much as i like shayne) we would have had a 100pt man in the 90's im sure.

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