I love learning about trades and the context in which they were made. Some trades such as the Gretzky to LA or the Bourque's quest for the cup have such dramatic backstories that the flair and media attention from the trade are overwhelming. What trades have you heard of that has a very interesting background that precipitated this trade? My examples: Jeff Brown to the Whalers. Vancouver had a magical 1994 Cup Run where everyone wore their hearts on their sleeves and played above their heads. One factor which led to this success was incredible team chemistry with strong leaders such as Linden and MacLean. Another reason was that everyone on that team had a role and excelled in it. Jeff Brown was such a player for Vancouver. Although he wasn't an elite defenseman, he was an incredible offensive defenseman at the time and one of the premier powerplay quarterbacks in the league. After the 1994 Finals, it was heavily rumored that Jeff Brown was having an affair and sleeping with Kirk MacLean's wife. Lockerroom chemistry was disrupted and Vancouver had a huge slump in 1996. After the tremendous media scrutiny and controversy, Jeff Brown was traded to Hartford for literally a bag of pucks. Vancouver's defense too a hit, MacLean began a rapid decline and the team went on a downhill spiral thereafter. Ray Bourque to Colorado. Ray Bourque played as an elite defenseman with the Bruins for over two decades. Despite going to the finals twice and winning multiple Norris trophies, Bourque never won a cup. In his twilight, Boston was a terribly incompetent team and fell to last place and drafted Thornton in 1998. Bourque was around 40 and needed a cup to fulfill his HOF-calibre career. It was obvious that Boston wasn't going to win one soon. While Bourque was too modest and loyal to demand a trade himself, young Joe Thornton decided that he would go to the GM and demand a trade for Bourque. Thornton went to management and convinced Boston to put Bourque on the trading block so that Colorado beat out Philadelphia's offer and acquired Bourque on their way to the Stanley Cup in 2001. What are yours?