Missed majority of 1985-86 season recovering from shoulder injury suffered in game vs. Calgary, Novemmber 23, 1985. Traded to Winnipeg by Montreal for Winnipeg's 3rd round choice (Francois Gravel) in 1987 Entry Draft, January 8, 1987. Traded to New Jersey by Winnipeg with Winnipeg's 3rd round choice (Brad Bombardir) in 1990 Entry Draft for Alain Chevrier and New Jersey's 7th round choice (Doug Evans) in 1989 Entry Draft, July 19, 1988.
I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday