By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 94: April 7, 1995The Sabres trade Petr Svoboda to Philadelphia for Garry Galley.

This was something of an odd trade at the time, and remains so in hindsight. Svoboda and Galley were both good defensemen who could produce some offense. What, then, was the point? These were two good veteran players, and that made the deal noteworthy, but it was something of an apple for an apple.

The Sabres hoped Svoboda would bring some speed to a team that was emphasizing that quality when he came to Buffalo in 1992. But times had changed in three years, so it was off to Philadelphia for the slightly older Galley.

The teams played each other in the 1995 playoffs, with Svoboda earning bragging rights in that round. Svoboda had the longer stay with his team, but Galley was part of the ’97 squad that won the division title for Buffalo. He then left as a free agent for Los Angeles. Galley played four more years after leaving the Sabres.

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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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