By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 93: December 2, 1981 – The Sabres trade Bob Sauve to Detroit for a conditional first-round draft choice (Sauve was returned to the Sabres after the 1981-82 season).
This was the other trade of the day for the Sabres with Detroit, even though it was announced together. The teams also completed a multi-player swap that day involving Jim Schoenfeld, Danny Gare and Mike Foligno. This one was unique.
Bob Sauve had divided time in goal with Don Edwards since 1979 for the Sabres, and the lowly Red Wings needed help in that area. So the deal was made, but with a catch. If Detroit didn’t want Sauve after watching him for most of a season, it could return him and get the No. 1 draft pick back.
That’s exactly what happened. Sauve went 11-25-4 with a 4.19 goals-against average, and he was a Sabre again the next season. Sauve became the No. 1 goalie for Buffalo in 1982-83, and is fondly remembered for his back-to-back playoff shutouts in Montreal in the spring of 1983.
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