NHL Bad Trade Deadline Deals

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History has shown that the majority deals made at the NHL trade deadline usually don’t work out. Many cases are bad trades for teams trying to find success in the playoffs.

The 2019 NHL trade deadline has come and gone. We saw a few blockbuster trades this year, with names like Mark Stone and Matt Duchene finding new homes. 

It remains to be seen how these deals will turn out for their respective teams.

Here is a Look at Some Bad Trade Deadline Deals in Recent Memory

2018: Tomas Tatar Trade to the Vegas Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 07: Tomas Tatar #90 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates against the Washington Capitals during the first period in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Capitals defeated the Golden Knights 4-3. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Vegas Golden Knights wanted to improve their scoring depth for the 2018 playoffs. They believed Tomas Tatar was their guy and gave up three draft picks to acquire him, including a first and a second.

All in all, it was a bad trade deadline deal for the Golden Knights. Tatar wasn’t really a factor for the Golden Knights during their playoff run. He was a healthy scratch for all but eight games and only scored once for the Golden Knights in the postseason.

2018: Toronto Maple Leafs Trade for Tomas Plekanec

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 25: Tomas Plekanec #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs reacts during the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at TD Garden on April 25, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Maple Leafs 7-4. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

One of the biggest acquisitions for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2018 trade deadline was trading for Tomas Plekanec from the Montreal Canadiens.

The Leafs got Plekanec along with Kyle Baun. Montreal added Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev and a second-round pick (Jacob Olofsson) in 2018.

As we all know, Plekanec did not do much in helping Leafs get over the hump. After losing in the first round, Plekanec quickly re-signed with the Canadiens on July 1st, 2018. He then retired from the NHL in November 2018.

2018: Boston Bruins Trade for Rick Nash

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 16: Rick Nash #61 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 Stanley Cup Play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 16, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rick Nash

The Boston Bruins had to give up five assets to acquire Rick Nash at the 2018 trade deadline.

Nash scored five points for the Bruins in 12 playoff games but failed to help the Bruins get past the second round.

Overall, it was bad trade deadline move by the Bruins, as it was the last time we saw Nash play in the NHL.

It’s fair to say that the New York Rangers did not win that trade by a huge margin. They did a nice job in getting what they could for Nash.

However, we should keep a close eye on the first round pick. The Rangers traded their 26th overall pick to Ottawa to acquire the 22nd overall pick and used it to select K’Andre MillerIt is still early, but Miller might turn out to a player for the Rangers in the future.

2017: Kevin Shattenkirk Trade to Washington

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 21: Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the Washington Capitals follows the puck against the Calgary Flames at Verizon Center on March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Kevin Shattenkirk was supposed to be the final piece to help Washington get over the hump. But as we all know, the Washington Capitals once again failed to get past the second round that year.

This was a bad deal for the Capitals, it was a huge swing and a miss for a team desperately trying to win a Stanley Cup.

After his short stint with the Capitals, they lost him for nothing as Shattenkirk opted to sign with the Rangers in the off-season.

The St. Louis Blues did well with their 2017 first round pick. They were able to use it to acquire Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer.

2017: Brian Boyle Trade to Toronto

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 8 – Brian Boyle of the Toronto Maple Leafs (24) moves the puck up ice during the 1st period of NHL action as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Centre on April 8, 2017. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Acquiring Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning was another bad trade deadline deal for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boyle’s playoff experience was highly coveted, but he failed to score in the 26 games he played for the Leafs that season.

The Leafs’ playoff hopes were shortlived as they were eliminated by the Washinton Capitals in six games. Shortly after that, Boyle went on to sign a two-year, $5.1 million contract with Eastern Conference rivals, New Jersey Devils.

Meanwhile, Byron Froese is no longer with the Tampa Bay organization. The Lightning used the second round pick in the trade to draft Alexander Volkov. He seems to be developing nicely in the AHL right now.

2019 Trades Deadline Deals

It is still early but the Dallas Stars acquiring Mats Zuccarello might turn out to be a very bad trade for the team. The newly acquired veteran is expected to miss at least four weeks after suffering an injury in his first game as a Dallas Star.

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