Former Detroit Red Wing Adam Oates is set to enter the Hall of Fame, though not on the back of his career with them. No, Oates made his career with the St. Louis Blues after the Red Wings shipped him over in a trade. At the time, Jimmy Devellano was the general manager. Most are of the opinion that he was very good for the Red Wings, but that trade certainly wasn't a popular one.
In fact, Devellano isn't particularly fond of the trade either. If he could take it all back, he certainly would have done it a different way, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"I'll take the blame for it. In all my time in Detroit that was the worst trade I made."
The trade in question saw Devellano send Oates and Paul MacLean to the Blues in exchange for Bernie Federko and Tony McKegney. The big name in that trade was Federko, who was an established player, but was on the back-end of his career and didn't have much left to contribute. Nothing like a Hall of Fame induction to make you kick yourself a little bit, no?