11 Biggest NHL Trade Deadline Deals

The 2012 NHL trade deadline is almost here, and after weeks of rampant speculation and maneuvering, yesterday finally saw the first big move: Columbus’ Jeff Carter for Los Angeles’ Jack Johnson. And with just one weekend left for desperate NHL general managers to make or break their teams, we could see even more action by Monday. (Latest rumor: Toronto GM Brian Burke looking to trade himself, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the CN Tower to Vancouver for Roberto Luongo and a bag of Doritos.)

While we wait to see how this year’s trade deadline plays out—and in particular, whether the mighty Rick Nash is able to escape from Columbus—let’s take a look at 11 of the biggest deadline deals from years past. Some of them were big because they involved big stars. Others were big because they involved big prospects. And still others were big because they led to a Stanley Cup.

So kick back, have a look, and then start fantasizing about what lies ahead for your favorite team.

Tags: Chris Chelios, Chris Stewart, Jeff Carter, NHL trade deadline, trades, Vincent Lecavalier,