May 23, 1973

Moving to solve their goal-tending the Bruins acquired Gilles Gilbert in anything but a straight-forward deal.

As often happened during the World Hockey Association’s brief existence, Gilbert was said to be on the verge of signing a big-money deal with the Los Angeles Sharks. Undeterred, Bruins general manager Harry Sinden countered with a big-money, long-term offer.

Gilbert opted to stay in the NHL. First, though, the Bruins had to obtain the right to his services from the Minnesota North Stars. They did that by shipping out center Fred Stanfield and goaltender Eddie Johnston.

Before agreeing to go, Stanfield demanded and signed a six-year deal, up from four years.

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