Poll: What Was the Best Trade in Caps History?

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Posted March 18, 2014

Adam Oates (Caps Outsider)

Trade season: The most nerve-wracking time of year for NHL enthusiasts. Every year around the trade deadline, we gather around the computer, disregarding coworkers, friends, family, and really anyone that gets in the way of the screen. All of this just to obsessively track the fate of the Washington Capitals. In the past, this fateful time of year graced us with Hall of Famers, record setters, and playoff superstars. The just past 2014 trade deadline brought a substantial helping of surprise – especially in the goaltender department – but, was it the most influential in Caps history? The GM’s of old made some pretty risky moves over the years, including transactions to acquire Dale Hunter, Larry Murphy and Rod Langway. Do those top this year’s acquisitions of forward Dustin Penner and goaltender Jaroslav Halak, or the blockbuster of 97 that landed Adam Oates? It’s up to you to decide. Choose one of the trades from the options below.

What is the best trade in Caps history?

  • 1982: The Capitals trade Rick Green and Ryan Walter to Montreal for Rod Langway, Brian Engblom, Doug Jarvis, and Craig Laughlin. Langway went on to win the Norris Trophy…twice. (47%, 31 Votes)
  • 1997: The Caps get Adam Oates, Rick Tocchet and Bill Ranford from Boston for Jim Carey, Anson Carter, and Jason Allison (18%, 12 Votes)
  • 1987: The Capitals trade Gaetan Duchesne, Alan Haworth, and a 1st round draft pick to Quebec for Dale Hunter and Clint Malarchuk. Dale Hunter: no explanation needed. (11%, 7 Votes)
  • 2014: The Capitals acquire Jaroslav Halak and a 3rd round pick for for Michal Neuvirth and Rotislav Klesla. (6%, 4 Votes)
  • 1989: The Capitals acquire Dino Ciccarelli, future fan-favorite and Hall of Famer, and Bob Rouse for Mike Gartner and Larry Murphy. (5%, 3 Votes)
  • 2014: The Capitals, in a steal, trade a fourth round draft pick for Dustin Penner (5%, 3 Votes)
  • 1987: The Capitals acquire Mike Ridley, Kelly Miller, and Bob Crawford from the New York Rangers for Bobby Carpenter and a 2nd round draft pick. Both Ridley and Miller enjoyed success in Washington. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • 1983: The Capitals acquire future Hall of Famer Larry Murphy from Los Angeles for Engblom and Ken Houston. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • 1988: The Capitals send Claudio Scremin to the North Stars in exchange for Don Beaupre. Beaupre had the second most wins in franchise history. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • 2001: The Capitals acquire Jaromir Jagr from the Pittsburgh. Take THAT Pittsburgh. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 1 Votes)
  • 1978: The Capitals acquire Dennis Maruk (who had two 50+ seasons with the Caps) from the Minnesota North Stars. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 1981: The Capitals acquire Al Jensen, a goaltender who led the team to its first playoff appearance, from the Detroit Red Wings for Mark Lofthouse. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 1990: The Capitals acquire Al Iafrate from the Maple Leafs for Peter Zezel and Bob Rouse. I'm sure Iafrate's 105mph snapshot helped, even if the second-hand smoke didn't. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

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Danielle Ohl

Danielle Ohl

Danielle Ohl is a journalism student at the University of Maryland.
Danielle Ohl