Brent Sutter for Steve Thomas
By 1991 Brent Sutter was still a good and productive player, but his better days were clearly behind him. Curiously, GM Bill Torrey sent Sutter to Chicago for Steve Thomas, who was just a year younger than Sutter.
Bill Torrey clearly saw something he liked in Steve Thomas. The English born player was two years removed from a career high 70 point season. A career high he would eventually surpass with the Islanders.
Thomas didn’t stay long with the Islanders. By the 1995-96 season, he was already playing with the New Jersey Devils. But in his time with the Islanders Thomas was a special player.
In his 275 games through four seasons Thomas scored 258 points. Sutter was well under that mark with a total of 219 points in 413 games for the Blackhawks. To be fair Sutter, outside of that 102 point season 1984-85 Sutter didn’t stray much from the 60-70 point range.
Interesting note: The Turgeon on Thomas trades were made on the same day; October 25th, 1991.