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worst trades in team history.

So as we get closer to the trade deadline, I thought it would be fun to take a look back and see if we can figure out the worst trades in franchise history. I will also be doing a best trades as well so don’t look at me like a Debbie downer. Geoff Sanderson, Tim Jackman, to the Coyotes for Jason Chimera, Cale Hulse, Mike Rupp.- Geoff Sanderson was a big name player for the early years for the blue jackets. He was a two time 30 goal scorer for the club. He was traded in a 5 player swap with Tim Jackman. The biggest piece of that puzzle was Jason Chimera, who never really a big scorer. He never scored more than 15 goals or 36 points as a blue jacket it. But he was a solid third line wing with great speed and stone hands. Curtis Glenncross to Edmonton for Dick Tarnstrom- One of Howson’s first big splashes he had given up a bottom 6 forward for a top 6 defenseman that they needed. The only issue Tarnstrom only plays half a season with Columbus while Glenncross ends up developing into a 20 goal scorer. Tyler Wright Francois Beauchamin for Sergei Fedorov and a 5th round pick.- I will admit, when I first heard the news on the radio about Fedorov being traded to Columbus I was giddy as a school girl. A future HOF center for Tyler wright and some guy I have never heard of? Sign me up! However Fedorov, while solid, was not the Sergei Fedorov of the 90s. He was not the guy who was just flat out better than everyone else on the ice. He was a strong 2 way number 2 center who filled in on defense on occasion, but he was a shell of his former self. Spending so much time on IR didn’t help his case either. Meanwhile Beauchamine has blossomed into a top pairing d-man who just last year had some quite rumbles of being a Norris Trophy candidate. Fedorov was later traded for Washington for 2nd round prospect Teddy Ruth. A guy who finds himself buried in the depth chart. Daryl Sydor to Tampa for Alexander Svitov. Sydor was a solid top 4 defenseman that could score a handful of points, Svitov was the 3rd overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft. So it seemed liked it could be a decent flip, however Svitov only played one full season while registering 18 points and 175 PIM. He had snarl and grit, but was only around for a short period of time. Sydor would go on to win a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. Jake Voracek, 2011 1st round pick (8th overall, Sean Couturier) to the Flyers for Jeff Carter. Columbus took had acquired the Rights to James Wisniewski and signed him to a 6 year 33 million dollar contract to be a top pairing Defenseman. The team was coming off yet another disappointing season failing to make the playoffs once again. With howson desperate to get the team back into contention he traded promising young forward Voracek and the 8th overall pick to acquire all-star #1 center Jeff carter who was signed for over a decade at a reasonable cap hit just south of 5.3 million. The team finally found the number once center to play with rick Nash. The issue was Carter was not happy, when he wasn’t hurt he was a cancer in the locker room, and didn’t seem to give a lot of effort on the ice. He would later be traded to the Kings where he would go on to win the Stanley cup that very same year. Meanwhile Voracek found himself playing top 6 minutes with the flyers and started to really break out with the mentor ship of fellow Czech and future first ballot HOFer Jaromir Jagr. The flyers had used the first round pick for center Sean Couturier is a promising young two way center currently playing as the flyers 3rd line center.

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