By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 22: July 1, 2001The Sabres trade Dominik Hasek to Detroit for Vyacheslav Kozlov, a first-round draft pick in 2002, and future considerations.

The Buffalo Sabres and Dominik Hasek had been good to each other for nine years. Hasek came over from Chicago in a trade in 1992, and he had becomes the best goaltender in the world during that time. The Czech native was the league’s two-time Hart Trophy winner as the most valuable player, and he led Buffalo to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999.

But by 2001, Hasek decided he wanted to play for a contender rather than stay put, and Detroit was his top choice as his destination. Otherwise, he’d stop playing in the NHL. The Sabres opted to get something for him rather than watch him go back to the Czech Republic in retirement, and completed a deal with the Red Wings. Forward Slava Kozlov and a first-round pick came to Buffalo in the transaction.

After the trade, Hasek had five more seasons in the NHL left in him. During that time he won two Stanley Cups with the Red Wings. More importantly, Hasek’s departure meant the end of an era in Buffalo’s hockey history, as future teams would have a completely different personality. Koslov only spent one season in Buffalo, scoring nine goals with 13 assists. From there it was on to Atlanta, where he had seven good seasons.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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