There is an article about great deadline trades thats on ESPN, hopefully no one has talked about it already, but this 1 inpeticular is unreal, how Milbury gets a job as an analyst after this trade is crazy, you'd have to be a moron to make this trade, of course he also traded Luongo & Jokinen to get ythe #1 overall pick to take Dipietro ( did the rangers pay him off to ruin the islanders?)
anyway here is the discussion on the isles horrific trade...
June 23, 2001: The Islanders trade Zdeno Chara to the Senators
What he was before: Chara was a 24-year-old defenseman whose main claim to fame was being the tallest player in NHL history. He’d played parts of four seasons for the Islanders, establishing a reputation as a reasonably solid defensive defenseman (though he’d been a -27 each of the two years before the trade) without any offensive upside (he’d scored just eight goals and 29 points in 231 career games).
The trade: The Islanders sent Chara, Bill Muckalt, and the second-overall pick in the 2001 draft (which the Senators used to select Jason Spezza) to Ottawa for disgruntled center Alexei Yashin.
What he was after: Chara immediately became a star in Ottawa, dominating physically and going a combined +92 in his first three years. More surprisingly, he suddenly developed into an offensive threat, scoring 10 goals the year after the trade. He was named a first-team All-Star in 2004, and went on to win the Norris Trophy in Boston.
What were the Islanders thinking? This was a Mike Milbury deal, so your guess is as good as mine. The Islanders apparently felt like Yashin would be an elite superstar they could build the franchise around (oops). Plenty of experts hated the deal at the time, given that Yashin was inconsistent and moody, and Spezza was considered a potential franchise player. But nobody predicted Chara would develop the way he did.