Toronto Maple Leafs and Canadiens make for unlikely trade partners

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1 Mar 1997: Defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre of the Colorado Avalanche in action during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche won the game 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Nevin Reid /Allsport /

1992 – Leafs acquire Sylvain Lefebvre from Montreal for a draft pick

In 1986, defencemen Sylvain Lefebvre joined the Canadiens as an undrafted free agent and became a consistent presence in Montreal’s lineup.

In three seasons Lefebvre played in 200 regular season games for the Habs, recording 11 goals and 42 assists. He also played in 19 playoff games.

His play caught the attention of the Leafs, who sent a 1994 third round pick to Montreal before the 1992-1993 regular season.

With the third round pick Montreal drafted Martin Belanger, who would not play a single game in the NHL.

Lefebvre would spend two seasons in Toronto, recording four goals and 21 assists in 165 regular season games.

He would be a part of the Leafs teams that would make back-to-back conference championship series in 1993 against the Los Angeles King and 1994 against the Vancouver Canucks. He recorded nine points in 39 playoff games with the Leafs.

Lefebvre would end up being traded to the Quebec Nordiques as part of the Wendel ClarkMats Sundin trade on June 28, 1994.