What do Boston Bruins trades from 1986, 1994 and 2006 all have to do with each other, let alone with the team’s drought-splashing Stanley Cup victory in 2011?
Read the following slideshow carefully and you will see the chain-linked connections between those four developments. Each trade and the personnel dealt away from Boston therein have either a first-, second- or third-degree connection with one of the key forwards who delivered a long-awaited championship last spring.
Over the last decade, there have been three other trades either made on the day of the draft or involving future draft picks that included members of the eventual title team in 2011. In addition, long before any of those events, one of the faces on the Bruins’ answer to Mt. Rushmore was effectively brought to New England through a draft pick obtained in a preceding trade.
That transaction leads off the following chronology of eight major draft-related trades in Bruins history.