10 NHL Trades That Helped Both Sides
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10 NHL Trades That Helped Both Sides

Trading in sports typically involves getting the most you can or what you need for the least in return. You trade with is an opponent and helping them out could hurt you in the future. Of course, not every trade ends up that way. Sometimes trades end up a win for both parties involved. Here are ten times NHL trades helped both sides.

Phil Kessel for Kasperi Kapanen and a First Round Pick

While Kessel produced a few All-Star seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs, his tenure with the team never materialized into any team success on the ice and after six seasons the team shipped him off to Pittsburgh.

As a Penguin, Kessel won two Stanley Cup, picking up 45 points in the process, while playing at a Conn Smythe level during his first win.

The Leafs managed a decent haul from Pittsburgh in the trade, helping shape their current roster. Kasperi Kapanen picked up his first 20-goal season in 2018-19, while the first-round pick was traded to Anaheim for Frederik Andersen (arguably the Leafs best player outside of Matthews since he joined the team).

Shea Weber for P.K. Subban

Few trades in the National Hockey League have caused headlines and arguments like the Canadiens and Predators flipping their All-Star defencemen. And, even though one player has moved on and another has dealt with injuries, the necessity of trade is partly what makes it a win-win.

As a leader, Weber’s play in Montreal is respected, however many are critical of Weber’s on-ice performance, which is not entirely warranted. In fact, Weber’s play in Montreal is underrated. In three of his four seasons, his +/- ranged between +8 and +20 while netting ten game-winning goals in 227 appearances (compared to 24 in 763 games with the Preds).

Subban, now a member of the New Jersey Devils, made the most of his time in Nashville. And while Subban’s time was short as a Predator, two All-Star appearances and a Stanley Cup run made it a success.

Mike Richards for Wayne Simmonds

The Flyers and Kings swapped forward before the start of the 2011-12 season, with each team benefitting.

The Kings acquired Richards, who helped the team win two Stanley Cup. Richard was most productive during the Kings' first Cup run, averaging 0.75 points per game.

In Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia acquired a consistent goal-scorer. Simmonds, excluding the shortened 2012-13 season, scored at least 28 goals from 2011-12 to 2017-18 for the Flyers.

Alexander Mogilny for Brenden Morrison

With one helping win a Stanley Cup and the other helping form one of the best lines of the early-2000s, this is one trade both teams won.

Although he only played a season and a bit for the New Jersey Devils, Alexander Mogilny was apart of two Devils Stanley Cup runs, including their win in 2001. During that season, Mogilny scored 43 goals during the regular season and notched 16 points in the playoffs.

Brendan Morrison proved a reliable player for the Canucks for years, scoring 384 points for the Canucks and ranking sixth all-time (as of 2020) in franchise history with 30 game-winning goals.

He also helped form one of the best lines in the league, with Todd Bertuzzi and Marcus Naslund, combining for 718 points from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

Overall, this turned out to be one of the best NHL trade deadline deals.

Joe Nieuwendyk for Jarome Iginla

At the time of this trade, few could imagine this as one of the best trades in NHL history. However, that is exactly what happened when the Calgary Flames shipped their disgruntled captain to Stars for the player Dallas picked in the first round 1995 NHL Draft.

Being unable to agree on a contract, the Flames shipped Joe Nieuwendyk to the Dallas Stars, where the former captain flourished in the second act of his career. Joe Nieuwendyk helped the Stars reach consecutive Stanley Cups, winning it all in 1999.

Nieuwendyk took home the Conn Smythe, behind 21 points and six game-winning goals.

The Flames received Jarome Iginla in the trade. Iginla is one of the greatest Flames in history. Iginla scored 523 goals for the Flames and helped them reach the Stanley Cup in 2004. The six-time All-Star led the NHL in goals twice, won an Art Ross Trophy and left the franchise as their all-time leader in games, goals and points.  

Cory Schneider for a First Round Pick (Bo Horvat)

Even if this trade is not as big a win for the Devils as it is for the Canucks, both franchises have benefitted from this trade.

The Canucks used the first-round pick in this trade to select Bo Horvat. Horvat has developed into a consistent player, scoring at least 20 goals from 2017 to 2020. He is a legitimate threat on the power play and continues to develop his passing abilities. As the centre enters his prime, 70 to 80-point seasons are on the horizon.

For the first few years, the trade for Cory Schneider paid dividends for the Devils who sorely needed to replace the legendary Martin Brodeur between the pipes. In his first three seasons with the Devils, Schneider averaged a 2.14 GAA and a .924 save percentage, while averaging four shutouts per season. Although he has declined in recent seasons, he was stellar for the Devils in 2018 playoffs, posting a 1.78 GAA and .950 save percentage in four games (three starts).

Miika Kiprusoff for a Second Round Pick (Marc-Edouard Vlasic)

Few could foresee that flipping a backup goaltender for a second-round pick would have such a profound impact on two franchises. However, for the Sharks and Flames, that's exactly what happened.

Miika Kiprusoff joined the Flames in 2003, and by the end of that season, was their full-time netminder. Kiprusoff helped the Flames make the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004, behind five shutouts and a 1.85 GAA in the playoffs. Kipper had a great career with the Flames, leading the NHL in GAA twice along with wins and shutouts once.

Kipper retired the Flames all-time wins leader with 305.

The Sharks used the second-round pick they got in return defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Vlasic, suiting up for his first game NHL in 2006, has spent his entire career with the Sharks (eclipsing 1000 regular-season games during 2019-20 season). Vlasic has been an anchor for the team, playing in at least 80 games seven times. In 2016, when the Sharks made the playoffs, he led all playoff skaters with a +14 rating.

T.J. Oshie for Troy Brouwer

Playoff success is a key marker when judging a trade. While one player lasted only a season, both players contributed to their team’s success in the NHL playoffs (with one player eventually winning a Stanley Cup).

Although Troy Brouwer only lasted a season in St. Louis, his impacts in 2015-16 made the trade a win for the Blues. Brouwer totalled 13 points in 20 games during the run to the Western Conference Finals, and if the Blues had gone on to win the Cup, he could very well of won the Conn Smythe.

Unlike Brouwer, Oshie has remained put since the trade, helping the Capitals win their first Cup in 2018. Oshie led the NHL in 2017, with a shooting percentage of 23.1% and has scored at least 25 goals in four of his five seasons in Washington.

James Neal for Patric Hornqvist

It is safe to say when the two players in a trade eventually meet in the Stanley Cup Finals that both teams benefitted, which is exactly the case when the Penguins traded James Neal to the Nashville Predators for Patric Hornqvist.

Neal netted 81 goals and made one All-Star game in three seasons for the Predators. He also helped the franchise make their first Stanley Cup appearance in 2017 (scoring six goals, including two game-winners that postseason).

His counterpart in the trade, Patric Hornqvist, has been a pivotal piece for the Penguins, helping them win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Hornqvist’s best season came in 2015-16 when he put up 51 points in the regular season and 13 more in the playoffs.  

Dany Heatley for Marian Hossa

Swapping two stars is rare in hockey, and it is rarer to see both go onto success. However, in 2005, that happened for Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa.

Heatley had the best four years of his career in Ottawa, putting up 180 goals and 362 points in only 317 games. He also helped the Senators make the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, finishing with 22 points, the most of any skater in the postseason.

While Hossa would only play two-plus seasons for the Atlanta Thrashers, he helped the franchise make the postseason for the first time. Hossa averaged 1.12 points per game in his tenure with the Thrashers, the most of any player in the history of the franchise (including players since they relocated to Winnipeg).