By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 90: October 11, 1991 – The Sabres trade Darrin Shannon, Dean Kennedy and Mike Hartman to Winnipeg for Dave McLlwain, Gord Donnelly, a fifth-round draft choice in 1992 (Yuri Khmylev) in 1992 and future considerations.
After a very disappointing 1990-91 season and an early playoff exit, it was easy to guess that the Sabres would be a very different team the next season. This was the first shoe to drop, and it had considerable impact at the time even if it looks less important in the rear-view mirror.
The surprise was the departure of Darrin Shannon, who had been considered a very good prospect when he arrived in the NHL. Dean Kennedy and Mike Hartman were role players at that point in their careers.
The key player coming to Buffalo was Dave McLlwain, who was known as a speedy center who was coming off an off year. He only lasted five “pointless” games before he was traded again. McLlwain played for six NHL teams in a 10-year career. The biggest pickup was Yuri Khmylev, who is remembered as the linemate for Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny at times.
Budd and Paul Peck recap 100-90 on this special edition of the Sylvester & Peck On Sports Podcast:
(Follow Budd on Twitter @WDX2BB)