By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 90: October 11, 1991The 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:

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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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