NHL History: Toronto Maple Leafs fire Cliff Fletcher today in 1997

If there’s one thing we know about Cliff Fletcher’s time in Toronto, it’s that he wasn’t shy about making big trades.

He acquired and later dealt Doug Gilmour. He dealt and later acquired Wendel Clark. He brought in established veterans, and wasn’t coy about trading them away.
Hired by the Leafs in 1991, Fletcher was fired by the club today in 1997.
Fletcher had made two big trades within his first year that would help shape the Leafs through the 90’s. He first brought in Glenn Anderson, Craig Berube and Grant Fuhr in a Sept. 19 1991 deal that saw him flip Vincent Damphousse, Peter Ing, Luke Richardson, Scott Thornton, cash and future considerations to the Edmonton Oilers.
Both Anderson and Fuhr were in Toronto for three and two years respectively, but provided some much-needed punch to the club.
But four months later, he pulled off his biggest deal.
The recently acquired Craig Berube was paired with Alexander Godynyuk, Gary Leeman, Michel Petit and Jeff Reese and subsequently traded to Calgary on Jan. 2, 1992.
In return, the Leafs got star forward Doug Gilmour along with Jamie Macoun, Kent Manderville, Ric Nattress and Rick Wamsley. …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

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