The Other Gretzky Trade
Some would argue that the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings was a tad lopsided... until you look at the deal that got him to the St. Louis Blues.
Los Angeles Kings traded Wayne Gretzky to the St. Louis Blues for Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat, 5th round selection (Peter Hogan) in 1996 and 1st round selection (Matt Zultek) in 1997.
Sure, Wayne was a rental... but we got more for Fleury in Regehr than Los Angeles got from St. Louis out of this deal.
The following is the career numbers for the players involved, not including #99:
Craig Johnson - 557 GP 75G 98A 173 PTS (Last seen in WSH 03/04, playing in Europe)
Patrice Tardif - 65 GP 7G 11A 18PTS (Last seen with LA in 95/96, playing in Europe)
Roman Vopat - 133 GP 6G 14A 20 PTS (Last seen in PHI 98/99, Gretzky's last year. Played in Europe 99/00 - 06/07)
Peter Hogan - Never made it to the NHL (1997 5th Round Pick, 123 Overall)
Matt Zultek - Never made it to the NHL (1997 1st Round, 15th overall. Re-entered draft, selected by BOS 2nd round #56 overall 1999.)
So, you have a total NHL career of the 3 players that made it of 88G and 123A for 211 Pts. To put that in perspective... Wayne scored more points in 2 individual seasons than the 3 put together. (81/82 92-120-212, 85/86 52-163-215).
Heck, in the 18 games he played in St. Louis (95/96), he scored more points than Vopat and Tardif's respective careers. (18 GP 8-13-21).
I just came across this, and wanted to look into it more while coming up with another tidbit for a different thread. I'm surprised this trade never came up in "Worst Trade" threads on this board before.