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Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 | 07:24 PM

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Naslund for a song: Popular Swede Markus Naslund came to Vancouver in one of the most lopsided trades in team sports history.(Richard Lam/Getty Images) Naslund for a song: Popular Swede Markus Naslund came to Vancouver in one of the most lopsided trades in team sports history.(Richard Lam/Getty Images)

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You can make a strong case that no other Canadian NHL team has done as well with second-half trades over the last three decades as the Vancouver Canucks.

We continue our look ahead of this year's trade deadline on Feb. 27 of looking at the trade histories of the seven Canadian franchises.

Here's a look at some significant deals made by Vancouver after the calendar turned in a particular season (yes, we're not adhering to a strict trade deadline day/week definition).

You can make a strong case that no other Canadian team has done as well with second-half trades as the Canucks.


Jerry Butler and Tiger Williams from Toronto for Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive

Tiger became a fan favourite and is part of the cast for a memorable spring two years later but the Leafs come out way ahead in this deal involving four forwards. Derlago has a few productive years in Toronto, while Vaive rings up over 50 goals in three consecutive seasons.


Tony Tanti from Chicago for Curt Fraser

After a slow start, Fraser was a productive player for three seasons in Chicago. But Tanti fulfilled the promise he displayed as a teen sniper in the OHL, averaging 40 goals over his first five full seasons in Vancouver. He couldn't connect in the playoffs, however, with only a single goal in 18 postseason games with the Canucks (he did have 11 assists)


Jyrki Lumme from Montreal for a second round pick in 1991

The pick was used for Craig Darby, the journeyman forward who actually had two stints with the Habs. Lumme, when healthy, averaged about 44 points per season over the next seven years on Vancouver's blue-line. 


Geoff Courtnall, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning and defenceman Robert Dirk from St. Louis for Dan Quinn and Garth Butcher

Dana Murzyn from Calgary for Kevan Guy, Ron Stern

Sing along: It was a ver-ry good year.

Quinn was gone by the following season in St. Louis, making defensive defenceman Butcher an unlikely focal point of a deal from the Blues perspective. The trio of forwards the Canucks obtained would all spend at least four seasons in Vancouver, each contributing offensively as the team finished just one game shy of the Stanley Cup in 1994.

Like Lumme, Murzyn was a fixture on Vancouver's back end for much of the decade.


Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican and forward Nathan Lafayette from St. Louis for Craig Janney

A deadline deal in name, but a continuation after Janney refused to report to Vancouver at the beginning of the season when an arbitrator ruled he and a draft pick go to the Canucks for compensation for restricted free agent Petr Nedved. The Canucks picked up another three key contributors for their '94 Cup run, with Hedican providing longer-term benefits.


Markus Naslund from Pittsburgh for Alex Stojanov

Not one of the most lopsided trades near the deadline. Not one of the most lopsided trades in hockey history. Pity poor Stojanov as this one of the most lopsided trades in sports history. The tough Stojanov would play just 45 games for Pittsburgh before settling into a minor pro career. Naslund notched about 90 per cent of his 395 NHL goals and 869 career points in a Canucks uniform.


Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and a third rounder in 1998 from the New York Islanders for Trevor Linden

Brad May and a third rounder in 1999 from Buffalo for Geoff Sanderson

Tough to trade a franchise face, and the Canucks would fall into the doldrums from awhile, but from a pure statistical perspective it wasn't a contest. Linden struggled on Long Island. McCabe was still a work in progress, but the third rounder was used to take abrasive Jarkko Ruutu, and Bertuzzi developed into a force through seven-plus years in town.

May provided grit for a few seasons while Sanderson's goal total in Buffalo was underwhelming.


Dave Gagner, Ed Jovanovski and Kevin Weekes and a first rounder in 2000 for Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and a third rounder in 2000

The Canucks part with the beloved Russian Rocket who scores over 50 twice more in Florida.

Jovanovski becomes a rugged and productive offensive player for several seasons in B.C.

So call it a sawoff though given the difference in draft picks, Vancouver should have won. Unfortunately, Nathan Smith never produced a point in 26 NHL games played with three different teams.


Brendan Morrison and Denis Pederson from New Jersey for Alexander Mogilny

A deal that paid dividends for both clubs. Of the 135 games Mogilny would play in New Jersey, 48 would be playoff contests, including a Cup win in 2000. Morrison marked some big goals in nearly eight years with the Canucks.


Dan Cloutier from Tampa Bay for Adrian Aucoin and a second rounder in 2001

It didn't end well for Cloutier in Vancouver but he gave the Canucks three strong seasons, while Aucoin played just 26 games with the Lightning.


Chris Higgins from Florida for Evan Oberg and a third rounder in 2013

Maxim Lapierre from Anaheim for Joel Perrault and a third rounder in 2012

Higgins and Lapierre were more than useful in the team's run to the final game of the Stanley Cup and are still with the club, which is as much as you can ask for this type of deal.

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