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Completed trade between the Bruins and red wings that changes the franchise


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June 10, 2024  (6:07 PM)
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During the original-six era of the NHL, Jack Adams oversaw GM duties for the Detroit Red Wings, which resulted in a huge trade between the the Boston Bruins and Wings.

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The Red Wings were fresh off of their 1955 Stanley Cup win and had one of the best goalies in the NHL. The GM wanted to reload the roster, so he sent Terry Sawchuk to the Boston Bruins in exchange for younger roster players from the team.
An unmatched run with the Black & Gold

On this date in 1957, the legendary Johnny Bucyk was acquired via trade from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for goalie Terry Sawchuk, beginning his incredible 67-year tenure with the Bruins organization.

Acquired:
Gilles Boisvert
Real Chevrefils
Norm Corcoran
Warren Godfrey
Ed Sanford

Acquired:
Marcel Bonin
Lorne Davis
Terry Sawchuk
Vic Stasiuk

Only two-years later did Adams realize his mistake as only Warren Godfrey would be the only player to stick around, as the rest would stick around seven seasons in Hockey town.
This led to another deal where Adams would deal for Terry Sawchuk:
Detroit Red Wings Acquired:
Terry Sawchuk

Acquired:
Johnny Bucyk
Cash

The Bruins in return would receive 500-goal scorer in Johnny Bucyk, while the Red Wings would happily see Sawchuk return to Hockeytown.
While Bucyk would be legendary in play and helping the Bruins realize their Stanley Cup dreams, winning-two Cups and reaching the finals four times in Boston.
Sawchuk however, would never return to form as Adams had hoped and fizzle out soon after.
Source: The Hockey Writers
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