7. Rod Brind’Amour
This deal was made right as the 1991-92 season was about to begin. On Sept 22, 1991, in what felt like a trade deadline deal, the Blues got Ron Sutter and Murray Baron for Rod Brind’Amor and Dan Quinn, who were sent to the Blues’ old rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Baron was a steady defenseman who spent parts of seven seasons in St. Louis (six consecutive and one in 2003-04). Ron Sutter played three years with the Blues and had 91 points.
Again, for the Blues, it made sense at the time and we drank the kool-aid. It was a matter of adding some pieces they thought would be a good fit and they just never measured up.
While Quinn never lived up to his seasons with the Penguins, he was still a serviceable player. However, this deal stings because Brind’Amour was another among a list of players that went on to win a Stanley Cup once they left the Blues.
Additionally, Brind’Amour had 601 points with the Flyers alone, before moving on to the Carolina Hurricanes where he played another nine seasons and won the ultimate prize.
A lot of this deal boils down to Ron Caron. The man produced some of the most entertaining and fun Blues teams ever, but he loved to make deals. Brind’Amour might have only had two seasons under his belt to that point, but the return was not anywhere equal to what was sent out.