Chicago Blackhawks: Five Worst Trades In Recent History

By Brian Kinkade
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The Blackhawks’ legend in his glory days. picture courtesy:

2. January 25th, 1997 — Ed Belfour to the San Jose Sharks for Chris Terreri, Michal Sykora and Ulf Dahlen

Another one of those genius mid-90s trades that the Blackhawks made that, in hindsight, just gives fans headaches.

In seven-plus seasons with the Blackhawks, Belfour as a five-time All-Star, a three-time Jennings Trophy winner, a Calder Trophy winner and a two-time Vezina Trophy winner. That’s pretty darn hard to top as far as seven-plus-year spans go for goaltenders.

He was having a great season in 1996-97 when he was inexplicably dealt for goaltender Terreri, Sykora and Dahlen.

If a team were to trade a goaltender as accomplished as Belfour, the return on the trade has to be an absolute gold mine, right? Right?!?

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  • Wrong.  Very wrong.

    Terreri went on to only play 28 games for the Blackawks and compiled a dinky .904 save percentage in that time. Sykora scored a remarkably lackluster 14 points in only 56 career games with the Blackhawks. Dahlen recorded a decent 14 points in only 30 games with the Hawks. Only 30 games, though? Yikes!

    The Blackhawks brass must have legitimately thought that great goaltenders actually grew on trees. I mean, it wasn’t that long before this that the Blackhawks traded away Dominik Hasek. Either that, or they were actively trying to lose.

    This trade made and still makes no sense.

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