Thursday, June 15, 2023

Which team should win the 2023 Conned Smythe for the worst Golden Knights trade?

About a year ago, I proposed a new NHL award: The Conned Smythe, earned by whichever team made the dumbest trade with the biggest impact on a Stanley Cup winner. We went through all the winners of the cap era, up to and including last year’s Avalanche, and retroactively awarded the Conned Smythe to whichever team they’d taken advantage of. Some of the calls were tougher than others, and a good time was had by all.

Which brings us to this year: the Vegas Golden Knights, and what might be the most fiercely contested Conned Smythe race of all-time.

Most winners have had at least a few candidates, but the Knights are stacked with them. That makes sense, since this team started from scratch just six years ago, has never really had any high picks, and has been notoriously aggressive on the trade front. So we’ve got a ton of options to choose from. Maybe too many.

So who wins? Let’s figure it out.

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