To whet the appetite for trades that may come on Feb. 27, or to mistily remember what once was if this year's activity turns out to be uninspiring, we'll run through some significant past trades for all of the Canadian teams.
Here's a look at some significant deals made by Toronto after the calendar turned in a particular season (yes, we're not adhering to a strict trade deadline day/week definition).
Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive from Vancouver for Jerry Butler and Tiger Williams
Tiger becames a fan favourite in a different Canadian city but the Leafs come out way ahead in this deal involving four forwards. Derlago has a few productive years in Toronto, while Vaive rings up over 50 goals in three consecutive seasons.
A pair of first round picks in the 1989 draft from Philadelphia for Ken Wregget
The 1989 draft wasn't a great one, but you have to wonder if those quite good Leafs teams of the early 1990s might have received a further jolt had the team extended their scouting of top picks in this particular draft beyond the Belleville Bulls. The Leafs selected Rob Pearson and Steve Bancroft with the picks received from the Flyers, and Scott Thornton with their own - all players from Belleville. The player selected after Bancroft, who had the least successful pro career of the trio? Adam Foote.
Bob Rouse and Peter Zezel from Washington for Al Iafrete
Win-win. Iafrete gives the Caps three really good years while Rouse and Zezel are dependable soldiers on Toronto's best teams of the last 30 years.
Doug Gilmour, Kent Manderville, Ric Nattress and Rick Wamsley for Craig Berube, Alexander Godynyuk, Gary Leeman, Michel Petit and Jeff Reese
For the sake of Calgary fans, we don't have to belabour this one. The players heading to the Flames contributed less than 100 points total. Gilmour finished with 452 regular season points while with the Leafs, while Macoun was a stalwart on Toronto's blue-line.
Dave Andreychuk and Daren Puppa and a first rounder in 1993 for Grant Fuhr and a fifth rounder in 1995
One of the best trades ever for the franchise as Andreychuk scores 95 times in his first 135 regular season and playoff games with Toronto, with the pick used to select Kenny Jonsson.
Mike Gartner from the New York Rangers for Glenn Anderson, fourth rounder in 1994 and the rights to Scott Malone
A trade hard to stomach for fans of good guy Gartner, who never won a Stanley Cup. He would miss the playoffs entirely as a member of the Leafs and watch as New York just weeks later won the franchise's first Stanley Cup in more than 50 years. Anderson would win his sixth Cup as a member of the Rangers, but with just six points in 23 playoff games, it still seems hard to make the case that New York was that much better off. Gartner went over 30 goals once for Toronto, while the other parts of the deal were of little consequence in the long run.
Wendel Clark, Mathieu Schneider and D.J. King from the New York Islanders for Sean Haggerty, Darby Hendrickson, Kenny Jonsson and a first rounder in 1997
Sentimentality will get you nowhere. Clark had one good season in his second tenure with the Leafs, while Toronto was one of Schneider's least successful NHL stops. Jonsson was no star, but a dependable blue-liner, while the pick was used for Roberto Luongo.
Jason Smith, Steve Sullivan, rights to Alyn McCauley from New Jersey for Doug Gilmour, Dave Ellett, a fourth rounder in 1998 and a third rounder in 1999
The Leafs technically won this deal, as Ellett and Gilmour didn't do a ton in the Meadowlands, but it should have been a landslide. However, Toronto decided to trade Smith and Sullivan in separate deals before their careers had fully ripened.
Nothing from Detroit for Larry Murphy and cash
Murphy, who had played on Stanley Cup winners with Pittsburgh, racked up 100 points in 151 games for Toronto, but that wasn't good enough for many of the faithful at Maple Leaf Gardens, who booed him consistently for his defensive lapses.
Near the 3 p.m. ET, deadline, Cliff Fletcher gave him a "get out of jail" card and the Leafs even paid part of his salary. Detroit was all too happy to pick up a first-rate veteran essentially for nothing, with Murphy a key contributor in back-to-back Cup wins for the Wings and coach Scotty Bowman, who knew him well when both were with the Pens.
Darcy Tucker, a fourth rounder in 2000 from Tampa Bay for Mike Johnson, Marek Posmyk, a fifth rounder and sixth rounder in 2000
Tucker spent 7 1/2 seasons with the Leafs, while Johnson spent just over one in Florida.
Owen Nolan from San Jose for Brad Boyes, Alyn McCauley and a first rounder in 2003
Doug Gilmour from Montreal for a sixth round pick in 2003
Phil Housley from Chicago for a ninth rounder in 2003 and a fourth rounder in 2004
Glen Wesley from Carolina for a second rounder in 2004
It only seemed like the Leafs bought every toothy veteran in the league. Housley, Wesley and Gilmour played something like 20 games total for the Leafs, with Gilmour suffering an irreparable knee injury in his first game back.
Nolan gives the Leafs his full effort, but the fact that none of the draft picks Toronto gave up didn't become stars doesn't negate the fact that it was, five draft picks.
Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers, Matt Stajan and Ian White from Toronto for Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie.
The Flames have Stajan and no one else just two years later, although White was packaged in a deal that garnered two journeymen. Phaneuf is Toronto's captain while Aulie could be a fixture long term.
Jake Gardiner, Joffrey Lupul from Anaheim for Francois Beauchemin
Probably not even the Toronto brass could have predicted how well this one turned out. Beauchemin is clearly at his best in an Anaheim uniform, but the Leafs received promising young rearguard Gardiner and a huge surprise in Lupul, who's bounced back from injuries and inconsistency in previous stops to become something of a sniper for Toronto.
Joe Colborne, a 2011 1st round pick and a 2012 conditional 2nd round pick (which materialized when Boston reached the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals for Tomas Kaberle Kaberle
The Bruins fleeced Toronto on the Tuukka Rask-Andrew Raycroft deal, while both teams did quite alright in the deal that sent Phil Kessel to the Leafs (Boston selected Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton). This could be where the Leafs gain a measure of revenge. Kaberle just didn't fit in Boston after a dozen years with the Leafs, who get back three prospects at various stages in return. Toronto selected Swede Rickard Rakell with the the 2011 first rounder, and he's currently playing in the OHL.
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