By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 74: January 14, 1972 – The Sabres trade a second-round draft choice in 1972 (Larry Sacharuk) to the New York Rangers for Jim Lorentz.
Not too many trades have been completed from a hospital bed. This was one of them, and it was a very good one for the Sabres. General manager Punch Imlach was hospitalized with heart problems during the 1971-72 season. While he was there, he worked the phones to complete a deal with the Rangers.
The target was Jim Lorentz, who had bounced through three NHL teams before arriving in Buffalo. The center had trouble establishing himself in the big leagues, but the Sabres gave him an opportunity to do so, and he took advantage of it. Lorentz scored at least 20 goals four different times as a Sabre, and was particularly dangerous on the power play.
Lorentz retired after the 1977-78 season, but he found a way to stay around hockey. Lorentz became an analyst on the Sabres’ broadcasts, and stayed on that job for 26 years before retiring in 2007.
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