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New York Islanders: 10 Worst Trades In Franchise History

By Matt O'Leary
New York Islanders Zigmund Palffy #16 (Credit: Al Bello /Allsport)
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UNIONDALE, NY – OCTOBER 29: Pierre Turgeon returns to the ice as the New York Islanders celebrate their 1992-1993 team prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

In April of 1995, the New York Islanders decided to move on from legend Pierre Turgeon. Turgeon was a huge factor for the 1992-1993 Islanders team that ended up going on a run to the Eastern Conference Final.

That year for the Islanders he put up a career high of 132 points (58 goals, 74 assists). In 255 career games with the Islanders, he put up 340 points. That’s an impressive 1.33 points per game pace over the four years he spent with the team.

At the time Vladimir Malakhov was no slouch either. He had back to back 50 point season leading up to the 1994-1995 season in which he was traded. Malakhov would never go on to reach 50 points again in his career.

By the time Kirk Muller got to the Islanders, he was a shell of his former self. He only played 27 games with the team over a two-year span and put up 15 points.

Mathieu Schneider was also a bust with the Islanders. He only played in 78 games with the team. Sure, he put up 56 points in parts of two seasons but his impact on the franchise’s long-term was nearly nonexistent. He was traded before he had the chance to play a full season with the team.

As for Çraig Darby, he played just 13 games for the team and put up two points. None of the three guys in the trade would be on the team long-term and each one turned out to be a flop. This trade was a clear disaster.