Five Worst Montreal Canadiens Trade Deadline Deals Ever

Jan 27, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers former player Mark Recchi speaks
Jan 27, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers former player Mark Recchi speaks / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dwight King Trade

The Montreal Canadiens had a strong team in the 2016-17 season. They were on their way to winning a division title in the regular season and knew they were heading into the postseason when the trade deadline arrived that year.

They also knew, or at least ought to have known, what their strengths and weaknesses were. They had the best goaltender on the planet and he was carrying the team to far greater heights than the rest of the roster was going to be able to achieve on their own.

The team did have a pretty solid group of defenders with Andrei Markov, Shea Weber, and Jeff Petry leading the way. Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin and Jordie Benn added some toughness and grit to the back end, making them a tough group to play against overall.

What the team really lacked was scoring. They had Max Pacioretty scoring at a high level, but that was about it. Alexander Radulov had a good year for them as well but didn't reach the 20 goal mark. Brendan Gallagher didn't have his best season and Alex Galchenyuk was finding his way while Tomas Plekanec was starting to show his age.

So, at the trade deadline, the Canadiens acquired Dwight King for a fourth round pick. They also picked up Steve Ott for an even later pick and Andreas Martinsen for Sven Andrighetto. The trio that was acquired combined to score one goal while Jordie Benn had a pair down the stretch of the season.

It is unfair to just blame King as the worst trade, but he represents the worst, and most head scratching trade deadline we have witnessed from the Canadiens.