While wallowing in the misery that is being a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs on nights like this, a blown-lead, 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, I decided to wallow in some nostalgic misery instead. The nostalgic misery involves the same two Original Six teams, and took place on September 3, 1987.
On that date, Toronto traded Rick Vaive (their only 50-goal scorer to that point), Steve Thomas and Bob McGill to Chicago for Al Secord and Ed Olczyk. Sure, Olczyk had a couple of decent years for the Leafs, but Secord was done by then and trading Thomas always stung.
It’s a rough time in Leafs Nation these days. We’re turning to Ballard-era Leaf trades for our nostalgia.