Boston Bruins: Looking back at 5 bad trades in hindsight

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As the trade deadline approaches, let’s take a look at some of the trades the Boston Bruins have made recently that they might want back.

With every trade deadline in the NHL, fans spend a lot of time wondering and hypothesizing about who their team might deal for.  Will their team be a buyer or seller?  Can the organization add a piece that helps secure them the Stanley Cup?  This season, with the Boston Bruins currently being 2nd in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference as currently comprised, there’s a chance they may stand pat and ride the horses that got them there.

The thing about trades is that while they may seem win-win at the time they are made, only time can tell which organization won or lost the trade.  As we slowly creep towards the trade deadline, which may very well quiet for the Bruins, I figured I’d step into the WABAC Machine with Sherman and Mr. Peabody and examine the Bruins trades of yesteryear that would not be classified as wins for the oganization.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 14: Sherman and Mr. Peabody attending The Famed Top Dog Mr. Peabody pawprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on February 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)

Now, let me preface this now.  I am classifying these as “bad trades” solely on the basis on the overall impact of the trade after time, and what could have been for the Bruins had the trade not been done.  This obviously can only be evaluated using hindsight, and will involve much conjecture and speculation.  Also, in picking only 5, I only ended up back in 2007.  Let me know if you think there are any I missed, or trades that happened before 2007 that you think would fit the bill.

One that clearly comes to mind is the 2005 mid-season deal that saw the Bruins captain, and future first-ballot hall-of-fame center Joe Thornton sent to the Sharks.  Oh, and here’s a fun fact for you.  In 2007, the Bruins traded their 2007 5th round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for current Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.  That 5th round pick ended up with the Dallas Stars, who selected at #129…Jamie Benn.  Crazy how things like that work out.

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