No. 85: February 26, 2008 – The Sabres trade Brian Campbell and a seventh-round choice in 2008 (Drew Daniels) to San Jose for Steve Bernier and a first-round pick in 2008 (Tyler Ennis).
The window seemed to be closing for the Sabres in the 2007-08 season. Chris Drury and Daniel Briere left during the summer of ’07 as free agent, and that left Buffalo as something less than a Cup contender. Brian Campbell could see all of this, of course, and was scheduled to become a free agent in the summer of 2008. And the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract.
Rather than lose him for nothing, as the team had done the previous year with its two biggest stars, general manager Darcy Regier opted to move Campbell around the trading deadline. Campbell landed in San Jose for Steve Bernier and a high draft pick. He helped the Sharks’ defense, but is best remembered in San Jose for taking a penalty in the fourth overtime that led to a Dallas goal that eliminated the Sharks from the postseason. Campbell then jumped to Chicago, where he signed a huge contract.
Bernier was traded to Vancouver the following summer, while Ennis was a regular for the Sabres for a few years.
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