Welcome to this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday!
This week in 1994, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Mike Gartner from the New York Rangers. In exchange, the Leafs sent back Glenn Anderson, a 1994 fourth-round pick (Alexander Korobolin) and the rights to Scott Malone.
Cliff Fletcher may have pulled off the swiftest move on the busiest trade deadline day in NHL history. The Toronto general manager acquired sinper Mike Gartner, who at 34 years old remains one of the speediest players in the game. And while the move cost the Maple Leafs veteran Glenn Anderson, plus a prospect at the University of New Hampshire named Scott Malone and a fourth-round pick, the acquisition of the NHL’s most consistent goal scorer over a decade-and-a-half should give Toronto a more balanced attack for the stretch run and the playoffs.
The deal, which happened on March 21st, saw the Leafs ship out one veteran for another. Anderson, 33, had been with the Leafs for three years after being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers. He wrapped his time up in Toronto having scored 157 points in 221 games.
And for Gartner, the Leafs were bringing in the 34-year-old vet who would stick with the club for another two seasons that saw the Leafs eliminated in the first round both years.
But in the regular season, Gartner put up 86 points in 130 games for the Leafs. His time in Toronto came to an end in the summer of 1996, when the Leafs traded him to the Phoenix Coyotes.
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