15 Notable Trades / Player Transactions
May 22, 1970
Montreal Canadiens acquire Oakland's first choice (Guy Lafleur) in the 1971 Entry Draft and Francois Lacombe. In return, the Seals receive the Habs' 1971 first round pick (Chris Oddleifson) and Ernie Hicke. Some insist that Montreal GM Sam Pollock made subsequent trades to ensure Oakland's last place finish.
November 4, 1971
Los Angeles trades Denis DeJordy, Dale Hoganson, Noel Price and Doug Robinson to Montreal for Rogie Vachon.
June 27, 1972
33-year old Bobby Hull signs a 10-year contract with the upstart WHA Winnipeg Jets.
May 12, 1973
Toronto signs Swedish players Borje Salming and Inge Hammarstrom as free agents.
June 19, 1973
Houston Aeros (WHA) sign 44-year old Gordie Howe and his teenage sons Mark and Marty. This came two years after Gordie had announced his retirement.
May 24, 1974
Philadelphia ships Al MacAdam, Larry Wright, 1st round choice (Ron Chipperfield) in 1974 Amateur Draft and future considerations (George Pesut) to California for Reggie Leach.
June 23, 1975
Detroit deals Terry Harper, Dan Maloney, and 2nd round choice (later traded) in 1976 Amateur Draft to Los Angeles for Bart Crashley and the rights to Marcel Dionne.
November 7, 1975
Boston trades Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais to the New York Rangers for Jean Ratelle and Brad Park.
May 26, 1976
Boston sends Ken Hodge to the New York Rangers for Rick Middleton.
June 24, 1976
Chicago signs free agent Bobby Orr.
June 5, 1978
New York Rangers sign free agents Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson.
June 12, 1978
Indianapolis Racers (WHA) sign 17-year old Wayne Gretzky as an underage free agent to a seven-year contract.
October 9, 1978
Boston deals Ron Grahame to Los Angeles for its 1st round choice (Ray Bourque) in the 1979 Entry Draft.
November 2, 1978
Edmonton Oilers (WHA) receive Wayne Gretzky, Eddie Mio and Peter Driscoll from Indianapolis for $850,000 (Indy folds by the end of the season).
December 29, 1979
Colorado Rockies sends Wilf Paiement and Pat Hickey to Toronto for Lanny McDonald and Joel Quenneville.
|In the 1970-71 season, in a somewhat overdue spirit of forgiveness, the league lifted the lifetime suspension to former Maple Leaf Billy Taylor. He had been banished 22 years earlier for allegedly betting on games in which he played. Following the ruling, Taylor resurrected his NHL career and became a league scout.|
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