Chicago Blackhawks: Five Worst Trades In Recent History

By Brian Kinkade
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Jan 26, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; NHL former player Jeremy Roenick skates with youngsters on a miniature rink before the Stadium Series hockey game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

3. August 16th, 1996 — Jeremy Roenick for Alex Zhamnov, Craig Mills and a 1997 first-round pick (used on Ty Jones)

August has not been kind to the Blackhawks. Especially trades with the Coyotes in August. This is one of the famous ones. This one stung. Fan-favorite and superstar Roenick was inexplicably shipped out to the upstart Phoenix Coyotes for then-unknown Zhamnov, along with Mills (who never scored a goal in 31 career NHL games) and a first-round pick in the 1997 NHL draft.

The Blackhawks would end up taking Jones, who would play 14 career NHL games and never record a point.


An established young superstar who was at the top of his game for a solid, but not great, center and two flame-outs. OUCH!

Roenick was a special player and was loved in Chicago. From the 1988-89 season through the 1995-96 season, Roenick played 524 games for the Blackhawks and recorded an eye-popping 596 points.

He would never quite be the player he was in Chicago ever again, but he would still be a great player up until his retirement after the 2008-09 season. In 1,363 regular-season games in the NHL between the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, “J.R” would put up 1,216 career points, which is 42nd all-time.

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  • He is part of the 500-goal club, and his 513 career goals have him 37th best all-time. Oh, what could have been…

    Zhamnov is unfairly remembered as the return piece in this heart-breaking trade. The man was a solid Blackhawk. Not great, but pretty darn solid. Zhamnov would be a Blackhawks from the 1996-97 season through most of the 2003-04 season, when he would be dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline.

    In a little over seven seasons with the Blackhawks, Zhamnov would put up four 60-point seasons. Not too shabby. He ended his Chicago career with 528 games played and 424 points. No, not Roenick quality, but that’s not his fault; that’s all on the misguided Hawks’ front office of the 90s.

    His 424 points with the Hawks is 24th all-time for the franchise, and his 284 assists are 19th all-time with the Blackhawks.

    Not Roenick, but not bad. Stupid 90s Blackhawks…

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