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Islanders reportedly offered Blue Jackets all of their draft picks

Sean Fitz-Gerald Jun 25, 2012 – 1:18 PM ET

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One report cited several anonymous NHL sources saying the New York Islanders offered their entire allotment of picks to the Blue Jackets for the chance to pick defenceman Ryan Murray second overall.

  • A terrible team offered to trade every single pick in its draft to acquire the one star player it thought could save a franchise. It was 1999, and Mike Ditka, then in charge of the New Orleans Saints, traded his full allotment of picks to the Washington Redskins for the fifth overall selection — which he used to pick running back Ricky Williams.

  • Williams was the second running back taken, after Edgerrin James.

  • “I never liked (the trade),” former New Orleans salary cap consultant Terry O’Neil told The Times-Picayune around the 10-year anniversary of the pick. “I didn’t like it then, and I don’t like it now. I only wish I could have been more persuasive at the time.”

According to a report, history nearly repeated itself over the weekend, in the NHL.

Aaron Portzline, of The Columbus Dispatch, cited several anonymous NHL sources saying the New York Islanders offered their entire allotment of picks to the Blue Jackets for the chance to pick defenceman Ryan Murray second overall.

“That’s right, for the Jackets’ No. 2 pick, the Islanders offered pick Nos. 4, 34, 65, 103, 125, 155 and 185,” Portzline reported Monday. “The bounty would have given the Jackets the following picks: 4, 31, 34, 62, 65, 95, 103, 125, 152, 155, 182 and 185. And if that weren’t enough, the Jackets could have had the Kings’ No. 30 if they wanted it.”

Columbus finished 30 points out of a playoff spot last season. The Blue Jackets used the second overall pick to take Murray. Portzline said general manager Scott Howson declined comment when asked of the trade offer.

Before the draft, NHL.com quoted Howson saying his staff planned to meet to discuss a “few possibilities” that would have seen the team move down in the draft. There was no indication of how far they might have moved — or how many times said move would have resulted in them returning to the podium a DOZEN TIMES.

“The players that we have rated one and two are very close, and we’d be delighted to get either one of them,” Howson said, on NHL.com. “I think there are one or two players in this draft who will be able to step in right away.”

The Islanders took defenceman Griffin Reinhart at No. 4, and if history is any indication, general manager Garth Snow is probably lucky he was turned down.

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