On June 29, 1990 that the Blackhawks and Canadiens made a bold trade.
Montreal traded 28-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios to his hometown Blackhawks (with a second round pick) for 29-year-old forward Denis Savard, who also headed “home.”
At the time, Chelios was one season removed from winning his first Norris Trophy. He had put up 309 points in 402 games with the Habs after Montreal selected him in the second round (40th overall) in the 1981 NHL Draft.
In his final season with Chicago (the first time around), Savard had posted 80 points in 60 games. He had been a 100-point producer in five of his first ten seasons after the Hawks made him the third overall pick in the 1980 NHL Draft. Montreal owned the first overall pick in 1980 and infamously passed on the local hero to select another center, Doug Wickenheiser.
Over nine years with Chicago, Chelios won two more Norris Trophies and registered 487 points and 1,495 penalty minutes in 664 regular season games.
Savard played 201 games over three seasons with the Habs but he never again eclipsed 70 points in an NHL season. He was later traded back to Chicago for a sixth round pick in the 1996 NHL Draft (by Tampa).
Chelios, of course, was traded to Detroit in 1999. At that point, the Blackhawks acquired Anders Eriksson and two first round picks for the 37-year-old defenseman.