Oilers Trade Fuhr, Anderson to Toronto
The Edmonton Oilers traded two more of their Stanley Cup-era players, sending goaltender Grant Fuhr and forward Glenn Anderson to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a seven-player deal.
Forward Craig Berube was also traded to the Maple Leafs. In return, the Oilers receive forwards Vincent Damphousse and Scott Thornton, defenseman Luke Richardson and goaltender Peter Ing and undisclosed considerations.
Fuhr, suspended for most of last year’s NHL season for drug use, returned to play brilliantly for the Oilers in the playoffs.
“I’m sorry to see players like Grant and Glenn go, but I have to think in terms of the future of the Edmonton Oilers,” Oiler General Manager Glen Sather said. “We’re getting some incredible young talent in return and this team will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.”
“It’ll be a lot of fun,” Fuhr said, choking back tears “so I’ll be there (Toronto) tomorrow. In a way it’s a relief that it’s done.
“But on the other hand, it’s hard to say goodby. We had a lot of fun.”
Damphousse, 23, was the only Leaf to be named to the NHL all-star team last season. He has scored 118 goals and 211 assists for 329 points in 394 games.
Richardson, 22, is considered one of the league’s top young defensemen. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound player has accumulated 556 penalty minutes during his career.
Ing, also 22, played his first full year in the NHL last season. In 56 games, he had a 3.84 goals-against average.
At 20, Thornton was Toronto’s first choice in the 1989 entry draft and has played in only 33 NHL games.