By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 55: December 26, 1988The Sabres trade Adam Creighton and future considerations to Chicago for Rick Vaive and future considerations.

In 1986-87, the Sabres didn’t have many bright spots, but Adam Creighton was one of them. The former first-round pick blossomed in the second half of that last-place season, scoring 40 points in 56 games at the age of 21. He had some injury problems in the next year and a half, but no one had given up on his talents.

That made him attractive to the Chicago Blackhawks. However, the price was going to be high. Rick Vaive scored 50 goals in three straight seasons as a member of the Maple Leafs, and had 43 goals in his first full year in Chicago in 1987-88. The two sides agreed on the deal.

Vaive showed that he was willing to take a pounding with the Sabres, and was still effective for two and one-half seasons in Buffalo. Creighton had the year of his life with the Blackhawks in 1989-90, scoring 70 points. He then bounced around the NHL until 1997. Creighton still is a frequent visitor to Sabres’ games; he’s a scout for the Boston Bruins.

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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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