By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 44: November 12, 1988The Sabres trade Tom Barrasso and a third-round draft choice in 1990 (Joe Dziedzic) to Pittsburgh for Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon.

There’s a saying in football that if you have two starting quarterbacks, you have no starting quarterbacks. The same is true for hockey goaltenders. It’s usually good to have a clear No. 1 to play the majority of the games.

Such was the case for the Buffalo Sabres in 1988-89. They had Tom Barrasso, who in 1983-84 was the best 18-year-old goalie in hockey history. He won the Vezina and Calder Trophies that season, and looked to be a fixture for years to come. But Barrasso had some ups and downs in those years, and Daren Puppa was a promising newcomer at that position. General manager Gerry Meehan had another problem in 1988 – Barrasso and Puppa reportedly couldn’t stand each other.

Someone had to go, and Meehan traded Barrasso for Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon. Barrasso regained some consistency in Pittsburgh, and helped the Penguins win two Stanley Cups. He still has a chance to be a Hall of Famer someday. Puppa had a 15-year career of his own, departing Buffalo in 1993. Bodger was a good defenseman for several years with the Sabres, while Shannon’s career didn’t work out as planned.

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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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