There have been some horrible, horrible and embarrassing trades by the Toronto Maple Leafs in group historical past. However in latest reminiscence, the primary worst commerce blows all of the others out of the water — or maybe blows the Leafs off the timber. Every little thing about this deal was unhealthy. They selected the unsuitable participant to commerce. The unsuitable time to make the commerce. And final however not least, the unsuitable group to commerce with.
To heat you up, listed here are a number of of the worst Leafs trades of all time.
Leafs Commerce Sittler to the Flyers for Wealthy Costello, Peter Ihnacak & Ken Robust
In January of 1982, the Leafs traded their captain and finest participant to the Flyers for nearly zilch. Darryl Sittler has the second most factors ever in a Leafs’ uniform with 916 — solely Mats Sundin is forward of him with 987. He was inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 1989 after his retirement.
Sitter was liked by all true Leafs followers for his ardour for the sport. What they obtained in return…
Costello performed 12 video games in his NHL profession. Robust, who was a second-round decide within the commerce, performed 15 profession NHL video games. Ihnacak was the one participant they obtained which could possibly be deemed ‘respectable’. He scored 28 targets and 66 factors in his first yr within the Blue and White. After that season, he would by no means once more rating 20 targets or 50 factors. All in all, this was a horrifying commerce for the Leafs, one they might very nicely always remember.
Bernie Dad or mum
Leafs Commerce Dad or mum & Larry Goodenough to the Flyers for Bob Neely & Doug Favell
In Could of 1973, the Toronto Maple Leafs made their first brutal commerce with the Philadelphia Flyers. They despatched Bernie Dad or mum, who had requested a commerce, to Philadelphia for a few under common gamers. Dad or mum was traded after leaving the group to play within the World Hockey Affiliation.
Nevertheless, it was what Dad or mum did after the commerce that individuals will keep in mind. In his first two years with Philadelphia, he gained two Stanley Cups, two Vezina Trophies and two Conn Smythe Awards. Basically, he was the perfect participant in the complete league.
The Leafs obtained Bob Neely, who was a first-round decide however performed simply over 4 seasons in Toronto, posting common numbers as a defenceman. Doug Favell was a backup goalie for the Leafs for simply two seasons earlier than being traded to Colorado together with Neely for money. Simply six years after their final Stanley Cup, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded a man who virtually solely introduced two Cups to Philadelphia himself.
Simply six years after their final Stanley Cup, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded a man who virtually solely introduced two Cups to Philadelphia himself.
Leafs Commerce 1991 1st Spherical Decide to the Devils for Tom Kurvers
In October of 1989, the Leafs traded away their 1991 first-round decide, for Tom Kurvers. Kurvers put up 55 factors in 89 video games with Toronto earlier than being traded away to Vancouver. The Leafs have been then simply straight up unhealthy in 1990-91 and completed second final within the league. Fortunate for them, the San Jose Sharks have been created, that means the Devils would decide third as a substitute of second general with the Leafs’ decide.
New Jersey ended up taking Scott Niedermayer, who went on to be a Corridor of Fame defenceman who gained a Norris Trophy in 2004 and a Conn Smythe Trophy in 2007. — to not point out 4 Stanley Cups. Oh, and he additionally gained a World Junior Championship in 1991, a World Cup in 2004 and final however definitely not least, an Olympic Gold Medal in 2002 and 2010. He’s now considered the participant who gained the whole lot. Too unhealthy for Toronto, none of it was whereas sporting a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.
And now, for the worst Leafs commerce within the twenty first century. Drumroll, please…
Leafs Commerce Tuukka Rask to the Bruins for Andrew Raycroft
In June of 2006, John Ferguson Jr. made a commerce that Leafs followers is not going to neglect for a really very long time. He dealt his 2005 first-round decide for the 2003-04 Calder Trophy Winner. His incentive was that he possessed two top-end expertise goaltenders of the long run in Justin Pogge and Tuukka Rask. He merely thought, on the time, Pogge had the higher potential of the 2. Boy oh boy, did he and the Leafs administration get that one unsuitable.
Raycroft performed one full season for the Leafs placing up under common numbers. Then, in his second season in Toronto, he performed simply 19 video games earlier than being traded to Colorado. He was downright horrible within the Leafs’ sweater.
Then again, Rask developed nicely. He gained the Stanley Cup in 2011 and gained the Vezina Trophy in 2013-14. He’s cemented himself as one in every of, if not the perfect goaltender within the NHL annually. He additionally shut the door on the Leafs within the 2013 Playoffs, as Boston got here again from a third-period 4-1 deficit to win in time beyond regulation of Recreation 7.
In the meantime, for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Justin Pogge went on to play a grand complete of seven profession NHL video games. He moved on to play within the Swedish Hockey League for Farjestad and is now plying his commerce within the KHL.
It’s protected to say, as division rivals, Tuukka Rask will proceed to hang-out the Leafs for a few years to come back nonetheless. All Leafs followers can do is think about what it may have been wish to have a Vezina Trophy winner of their crease every night time, and naturally, hate on John Ferguson Jr.
* Written by former THW contributor Devin Slawson and initially revealed on Oct. 23, 2014.
The archives of THW comprise over 30 000 posts on all issues hockey. We goal to share with you a number of the gems we’ve revealed over time.