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New York Islanders Top 10 Best Trades in Team History

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates out to play against the Nashville Predators at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates out to play against the Nashville Predators at the Barclays Center on October 06, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Predators defeated the Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 23: Bill Torrey of the Florida Panthers attends his 50th Draft at the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

We aren’t used to celebrating the New York Islanders. Outside of those four back-to-back Stanley Cup wins there isn’t much to celebrate. But some of their trades need celebrating.

Outside of the New York market, the New York Islanders are known for a few things; arena issues, some of the worst contracts ever given out, and some of the more ill-advised trades ever in the NHL.

Tell a hockey fan that you’re a New York Islanders fan and you can feel the pitty they have for you as they remember the Alexei Yashin trade. Or trading away Roberto Luongo in favor of Rick DiPietro. Or Nino Niederreiter for Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick.

The New York Islanders have certainly been fleeced in terms of trades.

But not always. On at least ten occasions the Islanders have been the ones to do the fleecing. On at least ten occasions they either brought in a better player then what they gave up, or they brought in a player for what amounted to a bag of magic beans.

Those are the trades that will be celebrated here. Trades where the New York Islanders were the clear winner of the transaction.

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