By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 60: March 18, 1997 – The Sabres trade Barrie Moore and Craig Millar to Edmonton for Miroslav Satan.
Miroslav Satan appeared to be doing quite well as a young player in Edmonton. He scored 18 goals in 62 games as a rookie, and added 17 more with about a month to go in the 1996-97 season. The winger was 22 years old and seemed capable of bigger things.
The Oilers, though, weren’t impressed. They thought he should be scoring more often, so they traded him to the Sabres. The return was Barrie Moore, who had eight points in 35 games that season, and Craig Millar, a prospect picked in the ninth round in 1994. It seemed almost incomprehensible that Edmonton would complete such a transaction.
Then it got worse. Satan scored eight goals in 10 games during the regular season, and kept scoring until his departure in 2004. Satan scored 224 goals as a Sabre including a 40-goal season and two 30-goal campaigns. He finished his NHL career with 363 goals in 1,050 games. Moore and Millar did little, making it one of John Muckler’s best trades in Buffalo.
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