|Joseph Sylvain Dorilla Turgeon
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 200 pounds
Born: 1.17.65 Noranda, Quebec
|How he arrived: Traded by the Hartford Whalers for Pat Verbeek, 6.17.89
How he left: Traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Claude Lemieux, 9.4.90
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
I think with how history played out, if I had a choice, I would have picked Pierre over Sylvain.
Not that Sylvain wasn't a bad player in his career. He did have 3 30+ goal seasons, 2 of those with 40+. But abdominal
muscle issues, especially a hernia, changed all that.
And the Devils gave up Pat Verbeek for THAT?
But he did score 30 goals for the Devils. I'll give him that. And he apparently was healthy for the season right until the
end, when he sustained a groin injury. He would only play one playoff game as a result: game 6 against the Caps.
The Verbeek-Turgeon trade is generally regarded by Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger as the worst trade in Devils history.
He also regards the Turgeon-Claude Lemieux trade as the best trade in Devils history. Well, Lemieux won 2 Cups and
a Conn Smythe with the Devils in 2 different tenures, while Turgeon only played 70 games with the Habs and scored 14
goals. The poor showing and fragility left him open for the Ottawa Senators to take him in the expansion draft. Yeah,
the Devils definitely won that trade.
Anyway, Turgeon would play for the Sens for those first 3 years before playing a season in the IHL. He then finished
his career over in Italy, Germany and Switzerland, which lasted until 2002. It ended when he took a puck to the face,
just under his left eye. It required reconstructive surgery.
He settled in Calgary post-retirement, getting into the home construction business with Shane Homes.
|Entry Draft: 1983 First Round Pick (2nd overall) by the
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise