The Buffalo Sabres transferred their first-round selection pick in 1993 (Kenny Jonsson) and Daren Puppa to the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 2, 1993, in exchange for their fifth-round draft pick in 1995 (Kevin Popp) and Grant Fuhr. The Maple Leafs then sent $50,000 ($25,000 due immediately and the rest upon ratification of the contract) to the Sabres for Dave Andreychuk.
Andreychuk, a left wing, had 30 goals and 63 points in 82 games played for the Sabres in 1992-93. He also won the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player. The Maple Leafs used the pick they received from Buffalo to select forward Jason Farley of the University of Maine.
Farley played two seasons with the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the American Hockey League before making his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs during the 1995-96 season. The Maple Leafs finished last in the Atlantic Division that year with 37 wins but still made the playoffs as one of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference.
In 1996-97, the Maple Leafs improved to second place in the conference before losing to the New Jersey Devils in the opening round of the playoffs. Toronto again made the postseasons the following year but this time they were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
On July 3, 2008, the Toronto Maple Leafs transferred Mikhail Grabovski to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round selection pick in 2010 (later moved to Chicago, eventually traded back to Toronto, later traded to Boston—Boston picked Jared Knight). The transaction also brought Montreal's first-round pick in 2009 (later traded to Phoenix) and their third-round pick in 2010 into line with those of Toronto.
Grabovski is a center who has played most recently for the Washington Capitals. He won the Calder Trophy as the league's best rookie in 2004-05 and was named to the All-Rookie Team. In eight seasons with the Caps, he has 189 points in 397 games.
Pateryn is a defenseman who has played most recently for the New York Islanders. He was drafted by Toronto in the first round (sixth overall) in 2003. Pateryn has played four seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, earning all-American honors in each of them. He also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championships. Pateryn made his NHL debut with Toronto in 2008-09 and has nine points in 41 games this season.
In 941 career games over 11 seasons, Pateryn has 267 goals and 783 points. He won a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics with Canada.
The Edmonton Oilers transferred Brad Ross to the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 27, 2015, in exchange for a fourth-round selection pick in 2015 (already acquired, then moved to Ottawa-Ottawa picked Christian Wolanin) and Brad Ross. Error?
The trade came about two months after Ross had been bought out by the Oilers. The team had been trying to clear cap space to make room for Connor McDavid, but couldn't come up with the necessary numbers so they decided to trade him for money rather than risk him sitting out the season.
Marincin was drafted 26th overall by the Oilers in 2009. He has played each of the last three seasons with Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons. This will be his first opportunity at playing in the NHL.
Ross played four games for the Oilers before being bought out on January 5th. Before that, he had appeared in 23 games this season with Edmonton, scoring one goal and adding five assists. He had also played in 22 games with the Barons this year, scoring six goals and adding seven assists. Overall, he has 39 points in 43 AHL games this year.
Marincin turned 21 earlier this month. He is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador who plays center for the University of Denver.
The New York Islanders transferred their fifth-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers on February 15, 2000, in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2000 (already acquired, the NY Islanders picked Kristofer Ottosson) and Mikael Andersson. The Philadelphia Flyers traded him to the Montreal Canadiens on December 7, 2000, in exchange for a sixth-round draft selection in 2001 (Dennis Seidenberg) and P.J. Stock. The Montreal Canadiens sent him back to the Islanders on July 9, 2001, in exchange for a seventh-round draft selection in 2002.
Gino Odjick played in only 46 games over four seasons with the Islanders, scoring 18 goals and adding 42 assists for 60 points. He spent most of his time with Islander coach Ted Nolan trying to get his head around the North American game, which took some time since he had never played outside of Italy before coming here. When Nolan was fired after the 2000-01 season, the new coach, Mike Yeo, used Odjick more in the offensive zone instead of sticking with the disciplined style that Nolan had done well with during his time with the club.
Odjick ended up being one of the top scorers for the Flyers this past season, finishing with 20 goals and 44 assists for 64 points. He also won 50 percent of his faceoffs, which is very good for an enforcer/defensive forward. In five NHL seasons, Odjick has 94 goals and 203 assists for 297 points in 514 games.
Wayne Gretzky, the historic Edmonton Oilers' captain and heart and soul, was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings on Aug. 9, 1988, along with center Mike Krushelnyski and defender Marty McSorley. The trade ended up being one of the biggest in NHL history. With it, the Kings got a potential Hall of Famer and the Oilers got to start over with a new identity.
Gretzky had been drafted first overall by the Oilers in 1979, but he never played for them because that same year he became the youngest player ever to win the Art Ross Trophy as league scoring champion. He went on to become only the second player in NHL history to score 100 goals before turning 20 years old (Elmer Lach was the other).
In eight seasons with Edmonton, Gretzky helped the team win five President's Trophies as top scorer (and three more with the Kings), four Memorial Cups and the 1984-85 championship. At the end of the season, he announced his retirement from hockey.
However, rumors about a possible comeback began to surface right away, and in 1990 Gretzky signed a contract with the New York Rangers. But after one season there without scoring any points, he decided to retire for good this time.
Even though he retired again, the rumors didn't stop.