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Chicago Blackhawks: Five Best Trades in Recent History

By Brian Kinkade
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2. Alexander Karpotsev to the New York Islanders for a 2005 4th round pick.

All due respect to the late Alexander Karpotsev, who was one of the members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL and the tragic plane crash in the fall of 2011.  Karpostev’s time with the Hawks from the 2000-2001 season to the 2003-2004 season, when he this trade took place, was not the best for him or the team.

In 182 games with the Hawks, Karpotsev recorded 7 goals and 39 assists, which is good for 46 points and a minus 19 +/- rating.  Just ask Pat Foley about how he felt about Karpotsev’s tenure with the Hawks.

Yikes!

So, the Hawks acquired a 4th round pick in the 2005 draft from the Islanders.  That draft pick would wind up being Niklas Hjalmarsson.

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We all know how Hjalmarsson has been with the Hawks.  One of the best defensive-minded defenseman and shot-blockers in the NHL.  Easily one of the most underrated defenseman in the league, especially with way too much emphasis put on offense for defenseman.  Oh, and those three Stanley Cups with the Hawks is pretty sweet too.

Trades don’t really get much better than this.

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