It’s a game day so our coverage includes a this day in Buffalo Sabres history! The Buffalo Sabres are 8-7-3 all time on November 12 through 18
games. You know what I am seeing – a pattern since we started the this day in history series that it seems that everyday the team has a winning record all time on game days – interesting given the fact that the team has had more low years than high years.
Two notable instances in Buffalo Sabres history – a first, and a trade!
On this day in 1991 – Pat Lafontaine – just a month into his tenure with his new team after being acquired in a trade between the Sabres and Islanders scored his first hat trick in a blue and gold sweater. Lafontaine went on to have a career year, and his 148 points still stands as a Buffalo Sabres single season record. That is the same year Alexander Mogilny set the single season record for goals which still stands at 76.
In 1988 then general manager Gerry Meehan in his first year as solo general manager (he shared the role with Scotty Bowman in 1986-1987) traded away former Vezina and Calder Trophy winning goaltender Tom Barrasso (Barrasso won the Calder and Vezina in 1983-984). Barrasso was also famous for making the NHL right out of high school, skipping over the major junior leagues or college hockey. Barrasso was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with the Buffalo Sabres third round draft pick in the 1990 draft (Joe Dziedzic).
In return, the Buffalo Sabres received Doug Bodger and Darrin Shannon. While Dziedzic only played in 130 NHL hockey games, Tom Barrrasso helped backstop the Pittsburgh Penguins to Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.