By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 62: June 11, 1976The Sabres trade the rights to free agent Peter McNab to Boston for the rights to free agent Andre Savard.

Everyone in Buffalo loved Peter McNab when he was a member of the Sabres in the mid-1970s. He was a big, strong young center with a scoring touch. The problem was that the Sabres already had some good centers in that era. McNab had a chance to sign a contract as a restricted free agent in the summer of 1976, and wanted to go to Boston.

Meanwhile, Andre Savard was in almost the exact situation with the Bruins. He wanted to come to Buffalo. There could have been some messy discussions about compensation, but the two teams made it simple by trading the rights to the two players. Savard was a good two-way center with some scoring ability, peaking in 1980-81 with 74 points. But McNab was even better. He scored at least 36 goals in his first six seasons with the Bruins, and finished a 14-year NHL career with 363 goals.

One time Savard was in the Buffalo press box because of an injury, and he asked someone what the cylinders were that hung from the roof of Memorial Auditorium. “They put one up every time Peter McNab scores a goal,” someone answered. To his credit, Savard laughed.

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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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