The Five Worst Trades Of The Bryan Murray Era

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Bryan Murray has been the Ottawa Senators General Manager for almost nine years now. He’s made some good moves, but also some poor ones. I’d say he’s done very well at drafting, but is sub-par with trades. With that line of thought, I decided to show the five worst trades of the Murray era. Some of them are worse than others, but nevertheless they all look regrettable.

Here they are, from least hurtful to most hurtful:

1. Joe Corvo and Patrick Eaves to CAR for Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman

Dec 5, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Joe Corvo (77) skates with the puck during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This one was a while ago, and doesn’t seem so significant now. Eaves is the only one who is still on an NHL team, and he’s a fourth line player. At the time it looked like a decent move for Murray, as he wanted a veteran scorer like Stillman to help them in the playoffs, and a depth defenseman in Commodore.

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Well it didn’t work out at all. Stillman played fine in the regular season with 19 points in 23 games, but the Senators were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round anyway. Both Stillman and Commodore left for free agency, and the trade was ultimately quite pointless. Corvo was solid for a few more years after that, until he came back to Ottawa in 2013 and was atrocious.

Eaves hasn’t been much of a regular until this season, but he was still a fine bottom six player. This trade doesn’t hurt that much in the end, but having Corvo an extra couple seasons would have been nice.