New York Islanders: 10 Worst Trades In Franchise History

By Matt O'Leary
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This one was another head-scratcher for the New York Islanders. They already had a franchise goalie in Roberto Luongo but the team decided to trade him away and use the first overall pick on Rick DiPietro. We all know how that ended.

Luongo is still in the league at 38-years-old and has had a fantastic career. He has a career .919 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average. He went on to be the franchise goalie for two separate franchises.

As for Olli Jokinen, he had himself a nice career in the league as well. In 2006-2007 he put up a career high of 91 points, which as a  is a pretty impressive number. Even in his second to last year in the league, he put up 43 points with the Jets in 2013-2014 the guy was a stud.

What the Islanders got in return wasn’t nearly of the same value. Oleg Kvasha was a gigantic flop. He put up 51 points in 2003-2004 but other than that outlier his career high in points was 38. He was out of the league by age 27 with 217 career points to his name.

Mark Parrish was a decent Islander. His best year came in 2001-2002 when he had 60 points (30 goals, 30 assists). That would be his career high. He was with the Islanders for parts of five seasons not nearly enough to justify giving up a stud center and a franchise goalie for though.