In order to acquire legendary defenseman Brian Leetch late in his career, as well as future considerations (which ended up being Edmonton's fourth-round pick in 2004), the Maple Leafs decided to trade away their first-round draft pick in 2004, as well as their second-round pick in 2005, Jarkko Immonen and Maxim Kondratyev. The New York Rangers, who had the third pick, chose Brady Skjeldrup.
Leetch had been with the Rangers all season, but they were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract with him. The Maple Leafs were willing to give him one last chance before trading him. In addition to the future considerations, the Maple Leafs sent New York a first-round pick in 2005 as well. The Rangers used it on Brady Skjeldrup, another defensemen.
The Maple Leafs then turned their attention to the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. They selected Joe Colborne with their first pick, then traded his rights to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. In the end, they decided not to sign Colborne and returned home empty-handed.
Their second selection, 19th overall, was used on a player who didn't sign with the Maple Leafs either. French forward Jean-Francois Berube opted to continue playing in France instead.
Finally, the Maple Leafs' third pick, 67th overall, was used on a goaltender from North Dakota.
Clark, Sylvain Lefebvre, Landon Wilson, and the 22nd overall selection in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft were transferred to the Nordiques by the Maple Leafs. They received Sundin, Garth Butcher, Todd Wariner, and the tenth overall selection in the draft in exchange. The Nordiques sent back only Clark and Wilson.
Sundin was a two-time MVP of the Swedish Hockey League before coming over to North America. He helped lead the Maple Leafs to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first season with the team. He went on to win the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer with 49 points. After that season, he signed a seven-year, $50 million contract with the Maple Leafs.
During his time with the Nordiques, Sundin played on some of the greatest teams in hockey history. He won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and a second one with the Maple Leafs in 2006. At the end of his career, he had 894 points in 710 games across Europe and Canada.
He returned to Sweden after eight seasons in North America and has been working with young players since departing the ice.
In 2007, Sundin was named to the Canadian Olympic Team as its captain. The country was looking for its first gold medal in 28 years when the Games began in Beijing, China.
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 moves. At the time of the trade, the Oilers had just signed Taylor Hall to a long-term contract extension worth $10.5 million per season.
Martin Marincin was selected by the Oilers with their first-round pick, ninth overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft. He went on to play four seasons with the University of Michigan before turning pro with the Oilers in 2019.
Marincin made his NHL debut on October 4, 2019, against the Calgary Flames. He played 18:56 in that game, recording one shot on goal and three penalty minutes. The following day he earned his first career point when he scored his first career NHL goal against Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild.
He ended up playing 51 games this season, posting five goals and 14 points along with 50 minutes in penalties.
Kordic was traded by the Leafs to the Capitals in 1991 in exchange for a fifth-round draft selection. Meanwhile, Courtnall remained a valuable contributor in Montreal. He spent portions of four seasons with the Habs, scoring 82 goals and amassing 195 points.
Courtnall's career came to an end in 1995-96, as he finished with 30 goals and 62 points in 79 games. The Caps went on to win the Stanley Cup that season. After playing eight years in Washington, Courtnall returned home to Canada where he played three more seasons with the Montreal Canadians before retiring.
Courtnall was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the ninth round of the 1988 NHL Draft. He stayed with the team his entire career until they became the Avalanche in 1996. He scored 100 or more points five times during his career. The last time he led the league in scoring was in 1994-95 when he had 102 points. He won the Lady Byng Trophy that season for best sportsmanship and personality on the ice.
After his playing career ended, Courtnall continued to serve as an assistant coach for the Canadiens from 1997-2001. He then moved to Colorado where he worked with young players on the team's staff before being promoted to associate coach in 2009-10. He is currently one of two assistants on Jeff Blashill's staff.