Best, Worst And Biggest Nhl Trades

Hardcover | September 15, 2013

byRobert del Mundo, Andrew Podnieks

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 15, 2013Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1552679179

ISBN - 13:9781552679173

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Andrew Podnieks' best to date Funny … over the years, I've come to see Andrew Podnieks name on a book cover, and figured “quick and dirty”, “under-edited”, and similar thoughts. Never bad, but always falling short of good, as well. Finding “The Best, Worst, and Biggest NHL Trades of All Time” on the remainder rack at a major Canadian bookstore, I decided to take the gamble. And, this time, I can state that I got an equal or better return on my investment – both in terms of time and money (even considering that the exchange rate was much more equitable in those days). The book documents what are arguably the most significant trades in professional hockey history, arranged in chronological order. Each trade merits 4 pages of text, separated into sections called “The Dirt” (what background may have led up to the trade), “The Debate” (who won/lost in the transaction), and “The Result” (what happened to the players and teams afterwards), along with a sidebar or two. Readers may agree or disagree with the selection, perhaps believing that a particular transaction deserved inclusion over another or that a team's improvement / decline after a given transaction was over/under-rated. However, readers should have no problem following the author's logic in judging each transaction and its merits. THIS reader was disappointed, for example, with his description of the December 2nd 1981 trade between Detroit and Buffalo. Not because of anything the author wrote, but due to what he didn't write. His prose explained why Detroit was ready to move Dale McCourt, BUT totally ignored why Buffalo was interested in shipping out Jim Schoenfeld and Danny Gare. Having been living in the area at the time and remembering the shock of this trade, I wish he'd given a little space to the deteriorating relationship between the Sabres and their former stars. If future books are like this one, I may find myself actually looking forward to Andrew Podnieks' future works. RATING: 4 stars.
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