By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 76: October 14, 1974The Sabres trade Gerry Meehan and Mike Robitaille to Vancouver for Jocelyn Guevremont and Bryan McSheffrey.

The Sabres wanted to upgrade their defense entering the 1974-75 season, and getting Jocelyn Guevremont was a good way to do it. Guevremont was the third pick in the 1971 draft, going to Vancouver after Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne went one-two. He played in the 1974 All-Star Game. The price was two veterans who had been contributors in the team’s early years, Gerry Meehan and Mike Robitaille.

The results worked out well for the Sabres. Guevremont became a big part of the team that went to the NHL Finals in 1975; he was +33 in 64 games that season and had a great shot from the point. The defenseman stayed through 1979, when he was dealt to the Rangers for a couple of draft picks.

Meehan played through the rest of the decade and had some success, while injuries derailed Robitaille’s career. But both players made contributions to the Sabres after they stopped playing. Meehan was a front-office executive for Buffalo, while Robitaille became a popular broadcaster for the team.

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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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