The Buffalo Sabres today made a move to shake up their slumping team by trading captain Mike Foligno to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In exchange, Buffalo received defenseman Brian Curran and right winger Lou Franceschetti.
The move came with the Sabres on a five-game losing streak after Sunday's loss to St. Louis.
The 31-year-old Foligno was the subject of numerous trade rumors this season. He had nine points on four goals and five assists. He was scratched for the season opener, a move that didn't sit particularly well with his teammates, but played in every game since, except for the exhibition against the Soviets last Wednesday.
In nine years with the Sabres, Foligno scored 247 goals and 263 assists. He ranks sixth on the team's career goal-scoring list. His best year was a 41-goal season in 1985-86. Last year, he had 15 goals and 25 assists.
Foligno succeeded Lindy Ruff as team captain in February 1989. Ruff was dealt to the Rangers after not seeing eye-to-eye with former Sabre coach Ted Sator.
This season, Foligno was caught in the Sabres' glut of players on the right wing. Rick Vaive, Alexander Mogilny, Jiri Sejba, Dave Snuggerud, Robert Ray and John Tucker have all spent time there this season.
Franceschetti, 32, joined the Leafs in June, 1989 in a trade with the Washington Capitals. He was sidelined part of this year with a broken foot and has been used sparingly, scoring one goal and one assist in 16 games. He had 21 goals and 15 assists last year.
Curran, 27, recently returned to Toronto from a two-week conditioning period with the AHL team at Newmarket, Ontario.
Last season, he played in 72 games with two goals and 301 penalty minutes.