Picking winners of five blockbuster trades from the past 25 years

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25 YEARS AGO
RANGERS ACQUIRE: Mike Gartner
NORTH STARS ACQUIRE: Ulf Dahlen; 1990 4th-rounder (Cal McCowan); 1991 4th-rounder (Alexei Zhitnik)

THE BREAKDOWN: After a decade in Washington, Gartner hadn’t played a full season with the North Stars before being traded on deadline day 1990 for a package that included then-23-year-old Dahlen and two draft picks – the better of which (Zhitnik) was flipped to L.A. for two years of Todd Elik. Dahlen blossomed, scoring 92 goals in three seasons. But Gartner peeled off three straight seasons of at least 40 goals, playing a big role in two playoff runs before he was dealt to Toronto for Glenn Anderson a few months before the Blueshirts’ 1994 Cup win.

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Hurricanes ship Tim Gleason to Capitals for Jack Hillen, pick

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Tim Gleason is going to get a shot at the playoffs this season after all.

The Washington Capitals announced this afternoon they have acquired the 32-year-old blueliner for the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Jack Hillen and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft.

Gleason, who has spent nine of his eleven seasons with the Hurricanes, will join his third team in three seasons with the trade to Washington. He was signed by Carolina in the off-season to a one-year, $1.2 million contract after being dealt by the Hurricanes to the Maple Leafs last season. Read more

Trade Eric Staal? GM Ron Francis knows all about big swaps

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Ron Francis ponders the question before offering a “safe” answer.

“Did the Hartford Whalers make a mistake trading you March 4, 1991?”

The correct answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Of course it was a mistake trading Francis along with defensemen Ulf Samuelsson and Grant Jennings to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forwards John Cullen and Jeff Parker and defenseman Zarley Zalapski. The Penguins immediately went on a two Stanley Cup run. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Maple Leafs, Bruins and Coyotes trade buzz

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ dealing the supposedly untradeable David Clarkson to Columbus for Nathan Horton stunned the hockey world. It’s sparked considerable buzz over what other surprises Leafs GM Dave Nonis has in store leading up to the March 2 trade deadline.

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal notes a rumor making the rounds linked the Oilers to Leafs center Tyler Bozak. Staples doubts the Oilers would take on the 28-year-old Bozak’s $4.2-million annual cap hit without sending an expensive contract back to the Leafs. There’s also the little matter of Bozak’s modified no-trade clause.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul could be on the Washington Capitals radar. CSN Washington.com’s Chuck Gormley suggests players like Dallas’ Erik Cole or Vernon Fiddler might interest the Caps but made no mention of Lupul. Read more

Blackhawks acquire Kimmo Timonen from Flyers for draft picks

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Kimmo-Timonen

Early during the first period of Chicago’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Blackhawks announced that they have acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and conditional fourth-round pick in 2016.

The trade comes just days after the Blackhawks lost blueliner Johnny Oduya to an upper-body injury and winger Patrick Kane to a broken clavicle. Timonen, 39, hasn’t suited up all season due to blood clots in his legs, but recently took the ice again with the Flyers for practice leading some to believe he could be back on the ice as soon as this week. Read more

Five NHL trade deadline deals that helped clinch the Stanley Cup

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What are the chances your team will land a player on trade deadline day to help it win the Stanley Cup this year? It’s a long shot, but perhaps not as remote as you think.

Over the past 10 years, five teams have made swaps on D-day for a piece of the puzzle, guys who’ve helped, on various levels, to capture glory. Here they are, in order of significance:

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THN mock deadline trades: Yandle, Green and Petry

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We take a second crack at mock NHL trade deadline moves, this time shifting to the blueline. Defenseman trades are interesting because they involve such a premium position. It can lead to overpays. Stay-at-home Douglas Murray netted two second-round picks in 2013. Andrew MacDonald? A second- and third-rounder in 2014. Offense-minded D-men, especially those with manageable contracts and an additional year on their deals, can haul in more still. Jay Bouwmeester got Calgary a first-round pick when it sent him to St. Louis in 2013. Marek Zidlicky alone brought three skaters and two picks to Minnesota in 2012.

What, then, of sought-after Keith Yandle, Mike Green and Jeff Petry? Yandle has boom potential with a year left on his deal. Green and Petry make for handy rentals as pending unrestricted free agents. Here are some mock trades to consider.

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David Clarkson: No regrets signing with Toronto

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If all goes according to plan, right winger David Clarkson will be in the lineup Saturday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets take on one of his former teams, the New Jersey Devils. But it’s not his time in Newark that folks like to pontificate on, it’s his brief tenure in Toronto after Clarkson signed a big free agent deal with his hometown team.

Now that the dust has settled on the shocking trade that sent him to Columbus in exchange for injured winger Nathan Horton, Clarkson has revealed his thoughts on the turbulent times he had as a Maple Leaf, and they’re not as bad as you might think.

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