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01-06-2005, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by David Puddy
Also, here's another that I didn't include because it was only four players, but it is a good one that involved a future Hall of Famer. I have read that the Toronto fans protested the trade by picketed in front of Maple Leaf Gardens after learning of Lanny being delt.

December 29, 1979, Rockies & Maple Leafs
To Colorado: Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville
To Toronto: Wilf Paiement and Pat Hickey
A sign in the building on December 29th, 1979 (the day McDonald was traded): Punch is out to Lunch, but not at McDonalds

There was an anarchy in Toronto when the deal was made. The team was clearly Darryl Sittler's and Punch Imlach and Harold Ballard tore it apart to spite him. Sittler had a no trade clause and in Ballard's eyes, somehow went from being the Son he never had (slap in the face to Bill and Hal jr) to a cancer. Sittler removed the captain's C from his jersey and it was worn by Tiger Williams the game on December 29th, the night of the trade. The Leafs went out and pounded the Jets 6-1. It was the beginning of the end though for Sittler. Slowly all his buds on the Leafs were traded away until he gave them a list of 2-3 teams that they could trade him to in 1982. By the end, the Leafs went from a team on the cusp of cup contender (they just needed some 2nd line scoring and a d-man to complement Salming and Turnbull) to league's laughing stock.

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