For the Buffalo Sabres, and every NHL team, nothing is certain in any single season. Players get hurt. Games you should’ve won easily, sometimes you lose; and games that should be seemingly impossible to capture, end surprisingly well. Sometimes you end up just missing the playoffs at the last game, while other times, you squeeze in.
One thing that is certain in the NHL, however, is that trades are always happening. Look at any NHL season and offseason and you’ll see at least a good handful of trades made across the league.
Throughout history, the Buffalo Sabres organization has made many trades.
Today, however, we’re looking at just the past 20 years – 1995 until 2015 – and picking out five of the best trades the Buffalo Sabres have made during that time.
Of course, trades made too recently are hard to include, as we don’t quite know how the players will pan out for the Sabres. One example of this would be the deal that sent Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford and Joel Armia to Winnipeg in exchange for Zach Bogosian, Evander Kane, etc. Since Kane hasn’t played for Buffalo yet, it’s hard to judge just how good (or not) this deal was.
Nonetheless – here are five of the top trades made by the Buffalo Sabres in the last 20 years, trades that – at least in my eyes – the Sabres won.