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Phaneuf joins list of captains traded over the years

Maple Leafs defenseman is latest to be traded

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / Staff Writer

The trade of Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday was one of many involving NHL team captains and some of the most significant names in the history of the League.

Nov. 7, 1975

The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, each looking to shake things up after being eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the previous spring and stumbling out of the gate to begin the 1975-76 season, trade a pair of NHL legends. The Rangers send their captain, defenseman Brad Park, center Jean Ratelle and defenseman Joe Zanussi to Boston for center Phil Esposito and defenseman Carol Vadnais.

Aug. 9, 1988
In one of the biggest blockbusters in history, Edmonton Oilers captain Wayne Gretzky is traded to the Los Angeles Kings with forwards Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski for forwards Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million and the Kings' first-round picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993.

June 29, 1990
Defenseman Chris Chelios, who had served one season as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, is traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for center Denis Savard. Chelios is the first of six straight captains (Guy Carbonneau to the Dallas Stars in 1994; Kirk Muller to the New York Islanders in 1995; Mike Keane to the Colorado Avalanche in 1995; Pierre Turgeon to the St. Louis Blues in 1996 and Vincent Damphousse to the San Jose Sharks in 1999) Montreal would trade away.

March 4, 1991
Hartford Whalers captain Ron Francis is traded with defensemen Grant Jennings and Ulf Samuelsson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forwards John Cullen and Jeff Parker and defenseman Zarley Zalapski.

Oct. 4, 1991
Three years after taking over for Gretzky as Oilers captain, center Mark Messier is traded to the Rangers for forwards Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice and Louie DeBrusk. Messier had issued a trade demand and the Oilers accommodated him in one of many cost-cutting moves.

Feb. 27, 1996
Gretzky, named the Kings' captain in 1989, one year after arriving from Edmonton, is sent to the St. Louis Blues for forwards Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat, a fifth-round pick in the 1996 NHL Draft and a first-round pick in the 1997 draft.

Feb. 25, 1997
Doug Gilmour, the Maple Leafs' 15th captain, was traded to the New Jersey Devils with defenseman Dave Ellett and a third-round pick in the 1999 draft for center Steve Sullivan, prospect Alyn McCauley and defenseman Jason Smith.

March 6, 2000
Hoping for a chance to win the Stanley Cup in the twilight of his career, Bruins captain Ray Bourque requests a trade to a contender and is accommodated when he gets sent to the Avalanche with forward Dave Andreychuk for defenseman Martin Grenier, forward Samuel Pahlsson and a first-round pick in the 2000 draft. After playing in 1,612 regular-season and 214 playoff games, Bourque wins the Stanley Cup when the Avalanche defeat the New Jersey Devils in seven games in 2001, then retires.

July 11, 2001
After taking over for Francis as Penguins captain in 1997 and subsequently winning four straight NHL scoring titles, Jaromir Jagr is traded to the Washington Capitals with defenseman Frantisek Kucera for forwards Kris Beech and Michal Sivek, defenseman Ross Lupaschuk and future considerations.

Nov. 30, 2005
The Bruins send captain Joe Thornton to San Jose for defenseman Brad Stuart and forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau.

Feb. 27, 2007
With forward Ryan Smyth to become an unrestricted free agent and reportedly asking for a long-term contract worth $5 million per season, the Edmonton Oilers trade their captain to the Islanders for prospects Robert Nilsson and Ryan O'Marra and a first-round pick in the 2007 draft.

Feb. 4, 2010
Because pending unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk and the Atlanta Thrashers can't agree on a contract extension, Kovalchuk and defenseman Anssi Salmela are traded to New Jersey for defenseman Johnny Oduya , forwards Niclas Bergfors and Patrice Cormier, and a first-round pick in the 2010 draft.

June 23, 2011
Needing to shed some long-term contracts, the Philadelphia Flyers trade captain Mike Richards and the rights to Rob Bordson to the Kings for forwards Brayden Schenn , Wayne Simmonds and a second-round pick in 2012.

March 24, 2013
The Dallas Stars trade captain and pending free agent Brenden Morrow to the Penguins for prospect Joe Morrow and Pittsburgh's fifth-round pick in 2013.

March 27, 2013
During his 16th season with the Calgary Flames and playing in the final year of his contract, captain Jarome Iginla is traded to the Penguins for forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and Pittsburgh's first-round pick in the 2013 draft.

April 3, 2013
The Minnesota Wild acquire captain Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft from the Buffalo Sabres for goalie Matt Hackett, forward Johan Larsson and the Wild's 2013 first-round draft pick and a second-round pick in 2014.

June 12, 2013
Defenseman Mark Streit , the first Swiss-born captain in NHL history who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, has his rights traded by the Islanders to the Flyers for forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

March 5, 2014
The first captain-for-captain trade is consummated prior to the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline when the Rangers acquire Martin St. Louis for Ryan Callahan , a first-round pick in the 2015 draft and a conditional second-round pick in 2014.

July 1, 2014
One year after letting captain Daniel Alfredsson leave as a free agent, the Ottawa Senators trade his replacement, Jason Spezza , to Dallas for forward Alex Chiasson and prospects Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and a second-round draft pick in 2015.

Feb. 9, 2016
The Maple Leafs send Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators as part of a nine-player trade. The Senators receive forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey and Ryan Rupert, and defenseman Cody Donaghey; Toronto gets defenseman Jared Cowen and forwards Milan Michalek , Colin Greening and Tobias Lindberg, along with Ottawa's second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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