Worst Leafs Trades Since 1967 Countdown – No. 5: Paying the price for Wendel Clark nostalgia

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be counting down the best and the worst trades the Toronto Maple Leafs have made since 1967. 

Before I get into this one, it’s important to preface that Wendel Clark is one of the most important players in Toronto Maple Leafs history.
There’s a joke that runs around with younger Leafs fans that’s some kind of variation of “your crazy uncle thinks that Wendel Clark is the greatest Leaf of all-time.” There’s a reason that people think that way. He more than deserves the cult following he has from a generation of Leafs fans.
You can quite simply split the history of the Leafs into two parts: the pre- and post-Ballard days. In their first half-century as a franchise, the Leafs won 13 Stanley Cups. In their second, well, they haven’t won anything. This split right down the middle boils down to Harold Ballard’s ownership of the team, which began in the early 1970s.
During the 70s, the Leafs still showed some semblance of being a contender. They had great players like Darryl Sittler and Borje Salaming …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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