The Toronto Maple Leafs have made many foolish trades over the years. Which three stand out as the worst?
As an Original Six team, the Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of history. Only the Montreal Canadiens have won more Stanley Cups than them. However, their history since 1967, the last time they won the Stanley Cup, has been painful at best.
Since 1967, the Leafs haven’t been defined by Stanley Cups, as they were in the pre-expansion era. Rather, they’ve been defined by their failures, both on and off the ice. The Leafs currently have the longest Stanley Cup drought of any NHL franchise. Even the Carolina Hurricanes managed to stumble upon a Stanley Cup. The Leafs haven’t.
This is largely because the Maple Leafs have made some pretty awful trades in the expansion era. But which ones stand out as the worst ones? Let’s set some guidelines. First of all, which ones are the most obvious ones the Leafs have lost? Secondly, which ones had a foolish result? Thirdly, which ones sum up why the Leafs haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967?
With all of these factors in mind, let’s look at the three worst trades in Maple Leafs history.
3. Leafs Trade Bernie Parent To The Flyers
In 1973, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a seemingly harmless trade. They moved goaltender Bernie Parent to the Philadelphia Flyers after he requested a trade. In return, the Leafs got Bob Neely and Doug Favell. Not bad for someone who had no desire to play for the Leafs, right?
Wrong. Parent went on to lead the Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy and Vezina Trophy in both seasons. In 1974, Parent nearly completed the Triple Crown by also winning the Hart Trophy, but lost to Phil Esposito by 35 votes.
Parent was actually pretty good for the Maple Leafs. He just had no desire to play for them after his stint in the WHA didn’t work out for him. Considering how well Parent played for the Flyers, they got a horrible return for him. Neely had 89 points in over 250 games for the Leafs while Favell posted a 26-26-16 record for the Leafs.