1. Matt Elison and a 2006 3rd round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Eric Meloch and Patrick Sharp.
This one stings a bit after the recent trade of Sharp to the Dalls Stars, but he was one of the best Hawks of the last 20 years.
In 36 games over two seasons with the Hawks, Matt Elison recorded 13 points and was a minus 7. The Flyers used the 3rd round pick on Ryan White, who made his NHL debut in the 2009-2010 season, with the Montreal Canadiens. This was also the year that Patrick Sharp won his first of three Stanley Cup with the Hawks.
White has bounced between the AHL and NHL every season since the ’09-’10 season and he wound up playing 34 games for the Flyers and recording 12 points, this past season.
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Sharp would play 10 seasons with the Hawks and recording 511 points with the team which is 15th all-time in the Hawks 89 years of existence. Not too shabby.
Of course, it wasn’t all about points with Sharp. He wore that “A” and he represented leadership on the Hawks during their current Golden Age for the past 10 seasons. He is a personality and he brought some color and life to the franchise, which the Hawks hadn’t had in a very long time.
Oh yeah, three Stanley Cups.
One hell of a trade.
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