In the early-1990s, the small-market Edmonton Oilers were blowing their team up and selling off all of the key players remaining from their 1980s dynasty. The Leafs, who hadn’t been a serious contender in years, decided to get in on the sale.
Shortly before the start of the 1991-92 season, Toronto sent Vincent Damphousse, Luke Richardson, Scott Thornton, and Peter Ing to the Oilers in exchange for Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson, and Craig Berube.
The trade was met with mixed reviews. On one hand, the Leafs were acquiring a lot of experience. Fuhr and Anderson had been involved in five different Stanley Cup runs during Edmonton’s dominant run in the 80s. But they were also reaching the latter stage of their careers and the Leafs had to part with their future to acquire them.
The three key players Toronto sent to Edmonton were top picks in the draft acquired as a reward for some miserable days in the mid-80s. Damphousse was drafted with the sixth-overall pick in 1986 and had already established himself as a star player in the NHL. Richardson was the seventh-overall pick in 1987 and had posted a few solid seasons as a …
Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation