By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 65: March 6, 1989The Sabres trade Calle Johansson and a second-round draft choice in 1989 (Byron Dafoe) to Washington for Clint Malarchuk, Grant Ledyard and a sixth-round draft choice in 1991 (Brian Holzinger).

The Sabres needed a goalie in the spring of 1989. Badly. Daren Puppa had broken his arm in January of that year, and Jacques Cloutier was straining under the workload as the top netminder. If Buffalo was going to do anything in the postseason that year, an upgrade was needed in a hurry.

The Sabres sent for help around the trading deadline when they acquired Clint Malarchuk from the Capitals. Grand Ledyard and a draft pick also headed north in the deal, but the price was a steep one. Calle Johansson was a former first-round pick, and Washington also received a second-rounder.

This one didn’t go so well for the Sabres. Malarchuk had his throat slashed by a stray skate later in the month, and it caused issues for him that last until this day. Buffalo was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Johansson, meanwhile, spent 15 years with the Capitals. The draft pick was turned into Byron Dafoe, who turned into a good NHL goaltender once he left Washington.

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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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