Top 10 Tampa Bay Lightning Who Were Also Toronto Maple Leafs
#10 Mikael Renberg
Tampa Bay Lightning (1997-1998)
Toronto Maple Leafs (2001-2004)
Team Captain 1997-1998
Led Team in Goals 1997-98 (16)
After playing his first four NHL seasons as a member of the fabled “Legion of Doom” line with the Philadelphia Flyers alongside Eric Lindros and John LeClair, Mikael Renberg was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning during the summer of 1997 in a monster deal.
Renberg joined Tampa along with Karl Dykhuis in exchange for four 1st round picks. One pick was traded to Ottawa (Tim Gleason) and the other picks became Maxime Ouellet, Justin Williams and Simon Gagne.
Tampa Bay was so excited to have Mikael Renberg on the team that they promptly stripped the captaincy from Paul Ysebaert and slapped the “C” over Renberg’s heart. Renberg showed his appreciation by leading the team with 16 goals in 68 games.
It seemed like Renberg was truly missed in Philadelphia, so after playing merely 88 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he was traded back to the Philadelphia Flyers along with Daymond Langkow for Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger.
After two partial seasons back in Philadelphia, Mikael Renberg was traded again. This time to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Rick Tocchet.
Renberg played the final 10 games of the 1999-2000 season plus five playoff games with the Coyotes, but then decided he’d rather play in Sweden which is where he played the next season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs then persuaded Renberg to come back to the NHL and acquired his rights from Phoenix in exchange for Sergei Berezin. Renberg played four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he went back to Sweden during the 2004-05 NHL lockout and never played in the NHL again.