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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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RAY FERRARO CELEBRATES WITH YAN KAMINSKY AFTER FERRARO’S GOAL FOR THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS AGAINST THE QUEBEC NORDIQUES AT THE QUEBEC COLISEE IN QUEBEC, QUEBEC, CANADA.
RAY FERRARO CELEBRATES WITH YAN KAMINSKY AFTER FERRARO’S GOAL FOR THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS AGAINST THE QUEBEC NORDIQUES AT THE QUEBEC COLISEE IN QUEBEC, QUEBEC, CANADA.

Crossman for Ferraro

One for one deal are a rarity in the NHL. Rarely do you find two teams that are willing to make a hockey trade by dealing quality for quality. But that’s what happened on November 30th, 1990 when the Islanders made a trade with the Hartford Whalers.

On that day, the Islanders sent defenseman Doug Crossman to the Hartford Whalers for winger Ray Ferraro. Crossman had 66 points in 96 games with the Islanders and another 288 points in 551 games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers before his time with the Isles.

For his part, Ray Ferraro was coming to the Island with some pedigree of his own. In his seven years with the Whalers Ferraro had 351 points. Including two seasons with 76+ points.

In the following five seasons Ray Ferraro would score an outstanding 238 points in 361 games for the Isles. None were likely as special as this one he collected to push the New York Islanders into the Eastern Conference of the playoffs in 1993.

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Doug Crossman would bounce around the league after the trade as his career dwindled after leaving the New York Islanders.

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