Throwback Thursday: This week in 1980, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Jim Rutherford

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This week in 1980 (Dec. 4), the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goaltender Jim Rutherford from the Detroit Red Wings.
Rutherford, then 31, joined the Leafs after spending the bulk of his career with Detroit, but only played in 18 games. He posted a meagre 4-10-2 record and a .853 save percentage and before long, he found himself on the move again.
On March 10, 1981, the Leafs traded him to the LA Kings for a 5th round pick selecting Barry Brigley, who never played.
All in all Rutherford had a respectable NHL career as a player playing in 457 games despite posting a 151-227-59 record and a .879 save percentage.
Since then, he has built a Hall of Fame career as a general manager.
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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

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