The Hockey Trade deadline is always an interesting time. A lot of big moves have been made in the past and will continue to be made in the future. Looking back we can see some teams have made some great deals right at the trade deadline. These are 10 of the greatest Trade Deadline Trades of all time.
Pittsburgh Penguins Acquire Ron Francis - The Pittsburgh Penguins' acquisition of center Ron Francis goes down as one of the greatest trades in the history of the NHL, and it occurred at the trade deadline. During his career, Francis was an above-a-point-per-game player, and after he was traded from Hartford to Pittsburgh, he won two Stanley Cups in back-to-back seasons.
Mark Recchi Traded to the Carolina Hurricanes - Mark Recchi had 16 points in 25 playoff games for the Hurricanes, and he was a big reason they won the Stanley Cup.
New Jersey Devils Deal for Alexander Mogilny - Alexander Mogilny was a talented sniper during his career, as he tallied 473 career goals, and the New Jersey Devils dealt for him at the trade deadline before they won the Stanley Cup in 2000.
Dallas Stars Add Brad Richards in Blockbuster - The Dallas Stars made one of the best trades in their franchise's history when they added budding superstar center Brad Richards.
Rangers Trade Tony Amonte to Chicago for Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan - This trade will go down as one of the biggest moves in New York Rangers history, and it shaped a big part of the squad that went on to win the Stanley Cup months later.
Detroit Red Wings Acquire Larry Murphy - The trade went to benefit the Red Wings in back-to-back regular seasons and playoffs, as they won two Stanley Cups.
Vancouver Canucks Acquire Markus Naslund - Markus Naslund is one of the Vancouver Canucks' all-time great players, and he went on to be a star forward. Naslund was a solid scorer, playmaker and leader who eventually became the team's captain.
Minnesota North Stars Add Mike Gartner and Larry Murphy - Mike Gartner was an established goal-scoring forward for the Washington Capitals, and he seemed to be a good fit for the North Stars.
Anaheim Ducks Flip Ryan Whitney for Lubomir Visnovsky -The deal benefited the Ducks, as they got some nice contributions from Visnovsky, and although he eventually was traded to the New York Islanders, Whitney is currently a healthy scratch for the Edmonton Oilers.
New Jersey Devils Trade for Ilya Kovalchuk - The New Jersey Devils made an amazing blockbuster when they acquired elite sharpshooter Ilya Kovalchuk. The Kovalchuk trade was an interesting one when it happened because the Devils gave up a lot for a pending free agent.