Deadline deals that led to Stanley Cups
February, 27, 2011
By ESPN.com | ESPN.com
Since 1980, there have been a number of trade-deadline deals that helped teams go on to win the Stanley Cup that season. Here are a few of the more significant moves involving the eventual Stanley Cup champion.
New York Islanders -- March 10, 1980
- New York Islanders obtain C Butch Goring from Los Angeles for RW Billy Harris and D Dave Lewis
Harris was the first player drafted in Islanders history and had been with the club since its inaugural season (1972-73). Lewis was a steady presence on the Islanders' blue line for seven seasons. With Goring, the Islanders went undefeated in their last 12 regular-season games (8-0-4) and captured their first Stanley Cup.
Pittsburgh Penguins -- March 4, 1991
- Pittsburgh Penguins obtain C Ron Francis, D Grant Jennings and D Ulf Samuelsson from Hartford for C John Cullen, RW Jeff Parker and D Zarley Zalapski
After the trade, Francis tied for a team-leading four game-winning goals and tied for fifth in scoring with 17 points (7-10) during the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs as the Penguins won their first Cup. He played in Pittsburgh for eight seasons, posting 100 points in 97 postseason games.
New York Rangers -- March 21, 1994
- New York Rangers obtain LW Stephane Matteau and RW Brian Noonan from Chicago for RW Tony Amonte and the rights to LW Matt Oates
- New York Rangers obtain RW Glenn Anderson, the rights to D Scott Malone and Toronto's fourth-round pick in 1994 entry draft (D Alexander Korobolin) from Toronto for RW Mike Gartner
- New York Rangers obtain C Craig MacTavish from Edmonton for C Todd Merchant
On their way to securing the Presidents' Trophy, the Rangers acquired four players at the trade deadline and went on to win their first Stanley Cup since 1940. New arrivals Matteau, Noonan, Anderson and MacTavish all had important roles in the Cup triumph.
Colorado Avalanche -- Feb. 21, 2001
- Colorado Avalanche acquire D Rob Blake and C Steve Reinprecht from Los Angeles for RW Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, a first-round draft pick (David Steckel) and a conditional pick
In their first Stanley Cup victory since 1996, Rob Blake made an immediate impact, leading all defensemen in playoff scoring with 19 points (6-13). It was the first championship for Blake and another veteran defenseman, Ray Bourque.
Carolina Hurricanes -- March 9, 2006
- Carolina Hurricanes acquire veteran RW Mark Recchi from Pittsburgh for LW Niklas Nordgren, C Krys Kolanos and Carolina's second-round choice in 2007
The 38-year-old Recchi, who had won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1991, had 16 points (7-9) during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, including six points in the Cup finals against Edmonton. He scored the game-winning goal in Game 4 that gave Carolina a 3-1 series lead. The Hurricanes had also added a key piece on Jan. 30 when they acquired Doug Weight from St. Louis (along with Erkki Rajamaki) for Jesse Boulerice, Michael Zigomanis, Magnus Kahnberg and a first-round draft pick. Carolina beat Edmonton in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.
Detroit Red Wings -- Feb. 26, 2008
- Detroit Red Wings acquire D Brad Stuart from Los Angeles for Detroit's second-round pick in the 2008 draft (later traded to Colorado) and fourth-round pick in 2009
Stuart arrived in Detroit with more than 500 games of NHL experience and quickly formed an effective blue-line partnership with Niklas Kronwall. Stuart appeared in all 21 playoff games in the Red Wings' 2008 Stanley Cup campaign, tallying seven points (one goal, six assists). He ranked third in the NHL with a plus-15 rating, just behind Kronwall and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Henrik Zetterberg (plus-16).
Pittsburgh Penguins -- March 4, 2009
- Pittsburgh Penguins acquired RW Bill Guerin from New York Islanders for a conditional pick in 2009 NHL draft
Guerin recorded 12 points in 17 games with the Penguins over the rest of the regular season, but his value was most important, on and off the ice, during the playoffs. He had seven goals and a playoff career-high 15 points as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1992.